Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders still without power after Friday storm

Sep 6, 2014

Strong storms battered parts of  Michigan Friday.  

On the southeast side of the state, 385,000 DTE Energy customers lost electric service last night; about 365,000 customers remain without power.  

Wind gusts of more than 75 miles per hour caused more than 2,000 downed power lines across DTE’s service area. The utility is bringing in crews from Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to repair the damage.

Consumers Energy says about 55,000 of their customers are waiting for power restoration. Spokeswoman Debra Dodd says Kalamazoo was particularly hard hit.

The utilities caution people to be alert for downed power lines, especially while cleaning up branches and brush. 

The storms caused some Friday night high school football games to be postponed. WXYZ TV reports a tent collapsed at a church festival, hurting several people.