1 million feet of power lines replaced. 1,700 lineworkers (DTE and out-of-state workers). 5,350 people working on restoration efforts. 12,000 power lines down (compared to 600 in a typical catastrophic storm). 1,285 utility poles replaced. 1,600 cross arms replaced. 800,000 customers restored.
As of 5 a.m. Thursday, more than 700,000 DTE Energy customers have been impacted and more than 670,000 customers remain without power due to severe winds blowing through its Southeast Michigan service territory. This is the largest weather event in DTE history. The outages are widespread across the region, with the hardest hit areas in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. Throughout the day, winds gusts over 60 mph caused extensive tree damage, resulting in more than 3,000 downed power lines so far. Due to the unusually warm weather this winter, as well as significant rainfall, the ground is very soft and saturated. That, combined with the high winds, caused trees to uproot, falling onto DTE’s poles and power lines, resulting in widespread outages. The priority of our crews is to first eliminate downed power lines to ensure the safety of the public. Restoration estimates are currently unavailable. DTE expects to have restoration estimates today, after crews have assessed the damage overnight. DTE recognizes this event will be difficult for our customers and we ask for your ongoing patience. You can sign up to be notified as soon as an estimate is available for your address through our DTE mobile app or automated system at 800-477-4747. DTE crews continue to work 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore power, and additional crews from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, New York and Pennsylvania will be in Michigan on this morning to assist.
“Safety is paramount for our crews, so when they go out there, they will spend extra time before they start doing their work to understand what is around them to ensure their safety is upheld while they’re out there.” Link