Consumers Energy mobile command unit working to restore power

by Jared Lewis March 11, 2017, 0:18
Consumers Energy mobile command unit working to restore power

Reports of wind gusts in excess of 50 mph blew down trees, knocked out power to 230,000 DTE Energy customers and scattered debris in roadways across metro Detroit during the midday hours March 8.

"It allows us to be able to bring restoration efforts locally to the hardest hit areas", says Guy Packard, vice president of electric operations for Consumers Energy.

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.

Roneisha Mullen, spokesperson for DTE, told the Tribune they first started receiving calls regarding power outages around 10 a.m. Restoration estimates are now unavailable until the weather has passed. Other area peak wind gusts were 64 miles per hour at Grand Rapids and Lansing and 56 miles per hour at Kalamazoo and Jackson. It says power should be fully restored sometime Sunday.

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

See the full list of Friday school closings here.

The damage disrupted traffic, caused fires and today has closed hundreds of schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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

The governor urged residents to stay clear of downed power lines and to check in on neighbors and family members, especially the elderly and people with health issues that hinder their mobility.

"We had approximately 45,000 customers in Livingston County that were affected, and we have restored about half", as of 10:45 a.m. Friday, DTE spokesperson Jennifer Wilt said. Every downed power line should be treated as if it is energized, and residents should not cross yellow caution tape, according to DTE Energy.

Wind damage also was reported in the Bay City area.

On Lake Michigan, near South Haven Michigan, wind gusts were so strong in velocity that the giant waves were pushed over the piers.

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