More than 5,000 Farmington and Farmington Hills DTE Energy customers left without power after heavy thunderstorms blew through Michigan over the weekend will be waiting a while for restoration.
Two waves of high winds, heavy rain, and lightning strikes on Friday and Saturday knocked about 375,000 southeast Michigan customers offline.
UPDATE: By Sunday afternoon, DTE had restored power to about 250,000 customers since the first storm hit on Friday evening. An update on the company website indicated 80 percent of customers would have their power back Monday night, but some may wait until Wednesday.
By late Sunday evening, some Farmington area customers had Monday, 11:30 p.m. restoration estimates, while others were still waiting to learn when their lights would come back on.
An online outage map shows the hardest hit local neighborhoods are west of Farmington Road north of Eight Mile, and south of 14 Mile Road between Drake Road and Inkster.
DTE customers can report downed wires or power outages, check the status of an outage, and view the outage map at https://emergency.dteenergy.com/, or on the DTE Energy smartphone app. Assume all downed power lines are live and stay at least 20 feet away. If you come across a downed wire that poses a safety threat, call 911.
According to the company’s website, during major storms, “our top priority is restoring power to hospitals, nursing care facilities, police and fire stations, communication facilities (radio and television stations), and sanitary pumping facilities. We then focus on restoring power to the remaining households and businesses, starting with electrical circuits where the largest numbers of customers are without power.”
The National Weather Service forecast shows a break from the dangerous heat that preceded the storms. Predicted highs over the next few days fall into the low 80s, with nighttime temps dropping below 60 degrees. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday and Monday, then clear skies.
For general information about safety, outages, and restoration times, visit dteenergy.com. You can also reach out to the company and find updates on Twitter, @dteenergy.