power outages http://michiganradio.org en Thunderstorms knock down trees, black out 150,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thunderstorms-knock-down-trees-black-out-150000-michigan <p>WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A series of severe thunderstorms has hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula, packing winds of up to 50 miles per hour that knocked down trees, ripped roofs off buildings and blacked out at least 150,000 homes and businesses.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reports 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township in suburban Detroit on Sunday afternoon. It reports 50 mph wind gusts in neighboring Macomb County.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:29:08 +0000 The Associated Press 18520 at http://michiganradio.org Power outages plague Southeastern Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/power-outages-plague-southeastern-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just when you thought the weather was finally getting better, Michigan proves you wrong.&nbsp;</span></p><p>As of 11:00 a.m., high winds and downed power lines Monday morning have left more than 100,000 DTE consumers in the dark.&nbsp;</p><p>DTE's Outage Map, below, shows the outages that have been reported across the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:38:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17219 at http://michiganradio.org Power outages plague Southeastern Michigan Michigan utility crews waiting to be called to help restore power in the south and northeast http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-utility-crews-waiting-be-called-help-restore-power-south-and-northeast <p>Consumers Energy and DTE are waiting to hear from electric utilities in the south and east that are bearing the brunt of a strong winter storm this week.</p><p></p><p>Tens of thousands of people in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/12/275811245/crippling-paralyzing-southern-storm-will-be-wicked">the Deep South </a>have already lost power from the storm that is raining down large amounts of ice and snow in places that rarely see either.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:21:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 16417 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan utility crews waiting to be called to help restore power in the south and northeast Head of Lansing public utility says he's sorry, but he won't resign http://michiganradio.org/post/head-lansing-public-utility-says-hes-sorry-he-wont-resign <p>The head of Lansing’s public utility says he won’t resign in the wake of a major ice storm that left hundreds of thousands of people in the dark over the holidays. J. Peter Lark, the general manager of Lansing Board of Water and Light issued this statement Thursday.</p><blockquote><p>As has been reported by some media outlets, I with my wife, traveled to New York to visit my son last week.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:40:45 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15862 at http://michiganradio.org Head of Lansing public utility says he's sorry, but he won't resign Lansing public utility says it has restored power to entire service area, with a few exceptions http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-public-utility-says-it-has-restored-power-entire-service-area-few-exceptions <p>Lansing’s public utility says it has restored power to its entire service area. But on the utility’s facebook and twitter feeds, there are more than a dozen people claiming they still don’t have power.</p><p>A week and a half after a massive ice storm wiped out power to almost half Lansing’s customers, the public utility claims it has finally restored power to all but some single customers and possibly pockets of streets.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 17:46:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15854 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing public utility says it has restored power to entire service area, with a few exceptions Lack of power, freezing temperatures taking a toll on many Michigan families http://michiganradio.org/post/lack-power-freezing-temperatures-taking-toll-many-michigan-families <p>There are still an estimated 29,300 customers without power in Michigan today (Saturday) after a major ice storm last weekend. The lack of power and freezing temperatures are beginning to take their toll on many families.</p><p>Sara Scott, her husband and their three-year-old son have been staying at her in-laws since Monday. She says her husband is worried that the pipes are going to freeze or that someone’s going to break into their home in Lansing. Plus, she’s two months pregnant.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:27:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15839 at http://michiganradio.org Lack of power, freezing temperatures taking a toll on many Michigan families Update: Ice storms knock out power to 294,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/update-ice-storms-knock-out-power-294000-michigan <p>JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Winter has arrived in Michigan with an icy blast, sending freezing rain across a wide section of the Lower Peninsula and knocking out electrical service to 294,000 homes and businesses.</p><p></p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:38:01 +0000 Associated Press 15805 at http://michiganradio.org Update: Ice storms knock out power to 294,000 in Michigan In this morning's headlines: 460,000 without power, six wolves killed, minimum wage increase http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-460000-without-power-six-wolves-killed-minimum-wage-increase <p><strong>460,000 without power</strong></p><p>A storm with winds up to 70 miles per hour and heavy rain knocked down trees and power lines across Michigan yesterday. 460,000 homes and businesses are without power. Consumers Energy says power should be restored by late Wednesday for most customers and by Thursday for those in isolated areas.</p><p><strong>Six wolves killed in hunt</strong></p><p>"Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt wrapped up&nbsp; its first weekend with just six wolves killed in the first three days. Michigan wildlife officials have set a goal of 43 wolves in this year’s hunt," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunters-hoping-more-wintry-weather-upper-peninsula">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants to raise minimum wage to $9.25</strong></p><p>"Mark Schauer says he'll make raising the minimum wage a top priority as Michigan governor. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is proposing to increase Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $9.25 per hour over three years," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:55:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15326 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: 460,000 without power, six wolves killed, minimum wage increase What happened in the 2003 blackout and could it happen again? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happened-2003-blackout-and-could-it-happen-again <p>Where were you ten years ago when the power died?</p><p>That's what many of us in the Midwest are asking each other today.</p><p>It was ten years ago this day when the largest blackout in North America left 55 million people in 8 states and Canada in the dark.</p><p>The cost of the Blackout of 2003? Anywhere from $4-10 billion.</p><p>What changes have been made to the grid in that decade? Could a blackout like that happen again?</p><p>Maggie Koerth-Baker is a science columnist for the New York Times Magazine, the science editor at BoingBoing.net, and the author of "Before the Lights Go Out."</p><p>She joined us today from Minneapolis.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:13:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 13981 at http://michiganradio.org What happened in the 2003 blackout and could it happen again? Stateside for Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-august-14th-2013 <p>According to new data, prisoners in Michigan serve longer sentences than in any other state. That's on top of the fact that Michigan has not reviewed its sentencing guidelines for 15 years. On today’s show, we dug deeper into what's behind prison sentences.</p><p>And, as Detroit faces bankruptcy, a deal has been struck to build a new sports arena in the city's downtown. We found out if that's really what Detroit needs right now.</p><p>Also, there’s a softball team in West Michigan with some members that have been playing together for four decades. We spoke with two women from the team.</p><p>First on the show, where were you ten years ago when the power died?</p><p>That's what many of us in the Midwest are asking each other today.</p><p>It was ten years ago this day when the largest blackout in North America left 55 million people in 8 states and Canada in the dark.</p><p>The cost of the Blackout of 2003? Anywhere from $4-10 billion.</p><p>What changes have been made to the grid in that decade? Could a blackout like that happen again?</p><p>Maggie Koerth-Bakeris a science columnist for the <em>New York Times Magazine</em>, the science editor at BoingBoing.net, and the author of Before the Lights Go Out.</p><p>She joined us today Minneapolis.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:02:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13988 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 Ten years after the great northeast blackout of 2003 http://michiganradio.org/post/ten-years-after-great-northeast-blackout-2003 <p>Today is the ten-year anniversary of the Northeast blackout of 2003.</p><p>On August 14, 2003 at 4:10 pm, eight U.S. states and parts of Ontario lost power.&nbsp;</p><p>In Cleveland, Ohio, an overgrown tree branch touched a sagging, overloaded power line. The line short-circuited and, well, you know how it ended.&nbsp;</p><p>It was one of the biggest power outages that the U.S. ever saw. At first, people were worried it was an act of terrorism, but when the blackout was confirmed as merely a power outage, the mood shifted.</p><p>Much of southeastern Michigan was affected (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_2003">about 2.3 million households</a>&nbsp;were without power).&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The cities of Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Detroit were victims of the blackout. Some areas, such as Brighton and Holly, were</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in geographical pockets where residents had power.</span></p><p>Water supplies in Detroit were disrupted because the city used electronic pumps. All water in the Metro Detroit area was required to be boiled until August 18 to ensure potability.&nbsp;</p><p>Here at Michigan Radio, our back-up battery only lasted so long, so we scrambled to find a generator to keep us on-air (see a few photos above).</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">We asked our Facebook fans</a> to chime in with their experiences. Here's a snippet:</p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:34:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Mark Brush 13963 at http://michiganradio.org Ten years after the great northeast blackout of 2003 Winds hitting 60 mph black out 195,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/winds-hitting-60-mph-black-out-195000-michigan <p>DETROIT (AP) - Winds that gusted to 60 miles per hour have swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and cutting off electrical service to at least 195,000 homes and businesses.<br><br>Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says 120,000 of its southeastern Michigan customers lost power in the overnight storm, and about 110,000 remain blacked out at midday Sunday.<br><br>Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says the storms knocked 75,,000 of its customers off line, and about23,000 were without service at midday Sunday across Michigan's Lower Peninsula.<br> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:19:06 +0000 The Associated Press 10855 at http://michiganradio.org 37,000 without power after storms pound Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/37000-without-power-after-storms-pound-michigan <p>Overnight storms have left about 37,000 Michigan utility customers without power.<br /><br />DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons says Thursday that 16,000 outages include 13,000 scattered customers and 3,000 in South Lyon and Lyon Township.<br /><br />Consumers Energy spokeswoman Debra Dodd tells MLive.com that nearly 21,000 of the Jackson-based company&#39;s statewide customers are blacked out. County outages include 2,900 in Bay, 3,300 in Genesee, nearly 2,700 in Gladwin, and more than 1,200 in Montcalm.<br /> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:38:39 +0000 The Associated Press 8447 at http://michiganradio.org 37,000 without power after storms pound Michigan Another hot day without electricity for many Michiganders http://michiganradio.org/post/another-hot-day-without-electricity-many-michiganders <p>DETROIT (AP) - Utility workers are battling high temperatures as they work to restore electricity to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses without power following thunderstorms this week.<br /><br /> DTE Energy said early Saturday about 45,000 of its customers were without power, mostly in Oakland and Wayne counties. Consumers Energy reported about 23,700 of its customers without power.<br /><br /> Most of those without electricity lost service after storms late Wednesday and Thursday. DTE says most of its customers should have power back by Saturday night.<br /> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 13:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press 8180 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders still waiting for the power to be turned back on http://michiganradio.org/post/many-michiganders-still-waiting-power-be-turned-back <p>Nearly 150,000 Michiganders are sweating through today without electricity.</p><p>Severe storms earlier this week knocked out power to more than 400,000 Michigan utility customers.</p><p>Spokesmen for DTE and Consumers Energy say it may be late Saturday or early Sunday before all the electricity is restored.</p><p>Dan Bishop is a spokesman for Consumers Energy. He says utility crews expect to make a lot of progress today, despite having to work in temperatures around 100 degrees.</p><p>&ldquo;The heat is obviously the story of the day,&rdquo; says Bishop. &ldquo;The most important concern for us is to make sure our crews are well hydrated and working safely.&rdquo;</p><p>Consumers Energy is getting some extra help from linemen from Missouri and Indiana. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:58:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 8168 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders still waiting for the power to be turned back on In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-41 <div align="left"><strong>Power outages continue </strong> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:32:40 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8165 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-40 <p><strong>Thunderstorms cause power outages</strong></p><p>Utilities say more than 200,000 homes and businesses across Michigan are without power following several days of thunderstorms and hot weather, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>DTE Energy Co. says about 175,000 of its customers were without power Thursday morning after a new round of damaging thunderstorms made its way across the state, knocking down trees and power lines. Since Tuesday, DTE says about 300,000 of its customers have been affected. The National Weather Service says wind gusts above 60 mph were reported as storms crossed the state Thursday. The Flint Journal reports 23,800 Consumers Energy customers without power in Genesee County. WSGW-AM reports 5,500 without power Midland and Gladwin counties.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Appeals court reinstates Blackwell case</strong></p><div align="left"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">The </span><span style=" font-size:12pt">state Court of Appeals has reinstated an embezzlement case against the former emergency manager for Highland Park. Sarah Hulett reports:</span></font></div><div align="left"><blockquote><p>Arthur Blackwell&nbsp;II is accused of taking $264,000&nbsp;in payments that were not authorized by state officials.<font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> The appeals court decision reverses a lower court ruling - which had dismissed the case. The lower court agreed with Blackwell - who said as the city&#39;s emergency manager, he had the authority to sign the checks to himself. The appeals court says there&#39;s enough evidence that Blackwell acted improperly to try him.</span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> Blackwell was appointed to fix Highland Park&#39;s finances in 2005, by then-governor Jennifer Granholm. </span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says she&#39;s pleased with the appeals court decision</span></font>.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Debate over sand dune development</strong></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Governor Snyder signed legislation recently </span><span style=" font-size:12pt">allowing </span><span style=" font-size:12pt">Great Lakes property owners to use tillers to dig up plants on the shoreline</span><span style=" font-size:12pt">,</span><span style=" font-size:12pt"> as long as they get a federal permit. But another fight is brewing over relaxing environmental rules to make it easier for developers to build on sand dunes. Rick Pluta reports:</span></font></p><blockquote><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Michigan has very stringent rules that prohibit building on environmentally sensitive dunes. Developers say it is possible to build on dunes set back from the shoreline without harming the view, or causing other environmental damage. </span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">The measure to relax those rules stalled just before the Legislature took its summer break, but negotiations continue in an effort to break the impasse. </span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">James Clift is with the Michigan Environmental Council. He says there may be some room to relax the rules, but he says the state needs to ensure the Great Lakes shoreline is protected. </span></font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&ldquo;So if the state of Michigan isn&rsquo;t stepping up, these are dunes that are globally rare resources that are going to be under development pressure.&rdquo;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> </span></font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Clift says the dunes are a draw for tourists, and also serve as habitat for rare or threatened species. </span></font></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:06:51 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8152 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Planned power outage leaves thousands without light, heat in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/planned-power-outage-leaves-thousands-without-light-heat-detroit <p>Households and businesses in one section of Detroit <a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/power-restored-to-dte-customers-in-detroit-neighborhoods-20120104">lost power for a few hours</a> Wednesday morning.</p><p>That&rsquo;s because DTE Energy was performing what it calls &ldquo;routine maintenance&rdquo; on some underground power lines.</p><p>Mid-morning, generators were still humming at Holbrook Auto Repair in &nbsp;Highland Park. Manager Jeff Worthy bought them this week, when he found out DTE planned the temporary power outage.</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 22:04:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5643 at http://michiganradio.org Planned power outage leaves thousands without light, heat in Detroit Power outages plague Oakland County communities http://michiganradio.org/post/power-outages-plague-oakland-county-communities <p>DTE Energy says about <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110906/SCHOOLS/109060371/Schools-among-12-000-still-without-power-from-Saturday-storms">12,000 customers were still without power on Tuesday</a>, after Saturday&rsquo;s strong storms.&nbsp; Many were clustered in southeast Oakland County, especially in the Detroit suburbs of Ferndale and Oak Park.</p><p>The utility had restored power to about 90% &nbsp;of its customers who saw it knocked out during the weekend storms.</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 01:57:21 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4049 at http://michiganradio.org Power restoration nearly done after Monday storms http://michiganradio.org/post/power-restoration-nearly-done-after-monday-storms <p>DETROIT (AP) - Utilities say they&#39;re working to complete power restoration after severe thunderstorms hit southern Michigan earlier in the week.</p><p>About 9,000 homes and businesses were without power around midday Wednesday. Thunderstorms on Monday blacked out about 218,000 customers.</p><p>CMS Energy Corp. says about 5,700 of its 136,000 customers affected Monday still were blacked out late Wednesday morning. DTE Energy Co. says that about 3,000 of its 82,000 affected customers remained blacked out around midday Wednesday.</p><p>The storms were linked to two deaths in Michigan.</p><p>The Detroit Free Press reports high winds also blew bricks from the David Whitney Building in Detroit onto part of Grand Circus Park, damaging a People Mover station. Service by the elevated train system was limited Monday and Tuesday, and was being shut down Wednesday for repairs. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:51:12 +0000 The Associated Press 3285 at http://michiganradio.org Power restoration nearly done after Monday storms