Offbeat
6:54 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Thousands still without electricity in Michigan

About 250,000 Michigan homes and businesses remain without power after a weekend ice storm that blacked out at least 482,000 homes and businesses and may have caused a Delta jetliner with 180 people on board to slide off a taxiway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The wintry blast hit Saturday night. The utilities say it will be days before most power is restored because of the difficulty of working around ice-broken lines.

DTE Energy says 56,000 of its affected 150,000 customers were off line.

CMS Energy says 174,000 of 297,000 affected customers remain without power.

In Lansing, about 35,000 customers of the city's power company lost service, and about 13,600 remain off line.