Strong winds leave 80,000 Michigan customers without power

Mar 3, 2012

Strong winds overnight caused power outages throughout the region.

A Consumers Energy spokesman says about 10,000 customers lost service, with the majority in Genesee, Livingston and Oakland Counties and scattered outages elsewhere.

About 70,000 DTE customers are without power this morning.

"The winds covered our entire service territory, so we do have outages pretty much everywhere," says DTE spokesman John Austerberry. "The concentrations are in Oakland County, with 29,000 out, Wayne County with about 18,000 out, and Washtenaw County with 13,000."

Austerberry says the full extent of the damage may not be known yet. He’s asking people to call DTE to report outages. He also warns people to stay away from downed power lines because they may be live.

"If we don't get a lot of new outages, we should have about 90 percent of the customers restored by late tomorrow, and the rest during the course of the day Monday," Austerberry says.

Both utilities warn people to stay away from downed power lines, which may be live.