Another hot day without electricity for many Michiganders

Jul 7, 2012

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.

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.

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.

Consumers Energy says customers in the hardest-hit counties, including Genesee, Ingham and Clinton, may not have electric service until later Saturday or Sunday.

Saturday's forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s across southern Michigan.

At its peak, the outages affected 325,000 DTE customers and 111,000 Consumers Energy customers.