DETROIT, MI – Nearly 600,000 customers have been impacted by two waves of thunderstorms and high winds that topped 70 mph since Friday, making this the second largest storm in DTE Energy’s history.
As of 4:00 p.m. July 21st, about 350,000 customers are without power throughout southeast Michigan. They have restored power to approximately 250,000 customers since the first wave of severe weather. DTE have had reports of more than 2,000 downed wires since Friday. More than 1,100 crews are currently working around the clock to restore power. To help speed up their efforts, they have more than 450 additional workers coming to assist crews from as far away as Georgia and New York.
Overall, DTE expects to restore 80 percent of their customers by the end of the day on Monday. Their goal is to have 90 percent of customers restored by the end of the day Tuesday and the remainder restored by the end of the day Wednesday.
They are updating the estimates in their system and customers should check the outage map for new information about restoration times.