More than 615000 customers without power Friday as restoration efforts continue

A tree is downed in Petersburg Michigan due to winds. Image courtesy Dan Louria Redigan  Facebook

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, DTE Energy has almost 500,000 customers without power due to severe winds blowing through its Southeast Michigan service territory.

Additional Consumers Energy outages were expected Wednesday and some in the worst-hit areas might not have their power restored until Sunday.

The heavy winds that hit MI on Wednesday made history, causing the largest number of outages DTE Energy's has had to fix at once.

DTE said people should consider all downed power lines as being live and should stay at least 20 feet away from all downed power lines and anything the power lines might touch.

As of Thursday morning, Consumer's representatives estimated some 120,000 households had their power restored.

Morgenstern said at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday that restoration times were still being determined, although in harder hit areas, fix work go into Saturday.

■ July 7, 1991: A storm resulted in 684,000 outages and winds were reported as high as 70 miles per hour.

DTE expects to have roughly 90 percent of customers restored by Sunday evening.

See the full list of Friday school closings here.

Outages can be viewed at their online Outage Central.

More than 400,000 DTE Energy customers are without electricity late Wednesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported. "And the concern is temperatures going down", says Snyder.

On Tuesday 30,000 customers were affected, primarily in northern MI.

Do not cross yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line, and never drive over a downed wire.

Harper Creek Community Schools closed Wattles Park Elementary School at 12:30 p.m., also due to an outage, according to the school's Facebook page.

And the strong winds had the Mackinac Bridge Authority keeping a close eye on conditions for drivers across the Straits.

Roneisha Mullen, spokesperson for DTE, told the Tribune they first started receiving calls regarding power outages around 10 a.m.

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