.Powerful storms that blew through Farmington and Farmington Hills Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to thousands, uprooted trees, and damaged houses.
Storms came in two waves. The first, around 3 p.m., took out power south of 10 Mile Road between Inkster and Farmington Roads and in the northwest and northeast corners of Farmington Hills.
Around two hours later, torrential rains, hail, and high winds snapped branches and ripped trees out of the ground across the community. Residents reported neighborhood and downtown Farmington streets flooded in a matter of minutes.
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Farmington and Farmington Hills officials sent out alerts about overwhelmed 9-1-1 and DTE emergency lines, as calls poured in. A downed transmission line completely closed I-275 between 8 Mile Road and I-696 for several hours.
According to the DTE website, more than 135,000 customers across southeast Michigan lost power. The company put up to 400 crews in the field through the afternoon and evening.
As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, DTE had posted some restoration estimates of Thursday at 11:30 p.m.
DTE customers can report downed wires or power outages, check the status of an outage, and view the outage map at outage.dteenergy.com or on the DTE Energy smartphone app. Stay at least 20 feet away from any downed power lines and report lines causing immediate danger by calling 911.