200,000 Michigan utility customers still without power

200,000 Michigan utility customers still without power

A DTE Energy subcontractor works from a crane Saturday, March 11, 2017 in an alley, restoring power to a wide swath of homes without power near the Packard Motor Car plant in Detroit.

Wednesday's windstorm swept most of southeast and south central lower Michigan with winds clocked by the National Weather Service as high as 69 mph.

DTE Energy said it would stick to its initial prediction that roughly 90% of its customers would have their power back by Sunday night. Thousands of technicians have been work to restore services.

"We're expecting an additional 80 crews or so by Sunday morning" to continue accelerating repair efforts with an aim to have all schools powered up and open on Monday morning, said Lauer, speaking to reporters Saturday afternoon at DTE Energy's corporate office tower in downtown Detroit.

Consumers Power said it hoped to have electricity restored to all customers by Sunday as well. A utility customer refers to a single electric meter, so it may represent a house with several residents, or an apartment building, church, school or place of business.



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