Power outages reported throughout Metro Detroit

Trees, wires down across Mid-Michigan due to high winds

Wednesday's severe weather event, described as unprecedented in its scope, duration and impact on Michigan's power grid, lashed much of the state, home to about 10 million people, with near-hurricane-force winds for 12 hours, authorities said.

"Safety for our customers and employees is our top priority as we work throughout a vast swath of our service territory in Michigan's Lower Peninsula making repairs to restore customers' power, fix almost 3,000 down wires and replace 500 broken utility poles", said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations. He added: "As we work to restore power as quic".

~If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should try to make alternative accommodations with family or friends.

Restoration estimates reach into Sunday in some areas.

Crews from surrounding states were arriving in MI to help secure power lines, the company said.

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Thousands of customers are without power throughout Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties Wednesday, March 8, in the midst of a high wind warning in Eastern Michigan.

Citing law enforcement, the National Weather Service reported that winds downed several power lines near Sparta including a high-voltage line that sparked a grass fire near Interstate 90. The winds were caused by a strong low pressure system north of the Great Lakes. DTE said 4,000 lines were downed, and they had more than who are working to restore power.

■ July 7, 1991: A storm resulted in 684,000 outages and winds were reported as high as 70 miles per hour.

"If you see a downed power line, stay at least 20 feet away from it, and anything it may contact, and consider the line to be energized", DTE said via Twitter. Most have seen service restored. Every downed power line should be treated as if it is energized, and residents should not cross yellow caution tape, according to DTE Energy.

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