Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Strong winds cause thousands of power outages across Twin Cities

Trees, wires down across Mid-Michigan due to high winds High winds down power lines, cause property damage
Ron Matthews | 11 March, 2017, 00:16

In its release, DTE indicated that crews would be working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore power, but the utility company declined to provide fix estimates until the winds subside.

Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said "it's a major storm and it's going to be a multi-day storm as far as restoration", according to The Detroit News. "All of us at Consumes Energy appreciate our customers' patience as we commit to working 24/7 until our final customers have their energy restored following this damaging wind storm".

Thousands of MI residents were impacted by the windstorm due to downed power lines, power outages, trees, and tree limbs blocking roadways Wednesday.

Estimates of power restoration will available sometime on Thursday, DTE said. Paul International Airport, gusts of 60 miles per hour were recorded while up in St. Cloud, in central Minnesota, gusts of 56 miles per hour were clocked.

More than 4,000 power lines and at least 1,000 utility poles were toppled, creating widespread outages and safety hazards compounded by fallen trees uprooted in soil left softened in unusually warm winter weather and heavy rains, utility officials said.

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High winds were the culprit in most of the outages as tree branches fell onto power lines, Lindstrom said. According to the release, the outages were scattered across the region, while the hardest hit areas were found in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties.

Impacts of the winds will be much greater than we have seen in quite some time. They are aiming to have another 200,000 customers restored today with 90 percent of customers back by Sunday evening. The trailer is filled with supplies needed for crews to restore power.

"We see two, three per year high wind events", Manion said.

Trees and wires are down across Mid-Michigan as strong winds whip across our area. It also is extremely important to treat all downed power lines as "live", and assume they still have electricity flowing through them.

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