High winds take down trees, power lines

A tree is downed in Petersburg Michigan due to winds. Image courtesy Dan Louria Redigan  Facebook

A tree is downed in Petersburg Michigan due to winds. Image courtesy Dan Louria Redigan Facebook

High winds in Michigan's Detroit City left nearly 600,000 people without power on Wednesday and with little hope for the power to be restored quickly, according to local news report.

"We will be proactively coordinating our state departments and agencies with the utility companies to continuously assess the number of people without electricity and how long it will be until power is restored", Snyder said.

Additional Consumers Energy outages were expected Wednesday and some in the worst-hit areas might not have their power restored until Sunday.

The 55th District Court in Ingham County closed Wednesday afternoon due to a power outage. DTE has called in crews from six other states to help in restoration efforts and 90-percent of customers should back online by Sunday night.

The storm, which started calming around 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, reeked havoc in the region, toppling trees and downing some 3,000 power lines, DTE said in a news release.

Consumers Energy reports that the "vast majority" of customers without power should have service restored by midnight Saturday.

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The damage disrupted traffic, caused fires and today has closed hundreds of schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

"We have a crisis right now, so how do you address that?" Bundle up! The winds will also promote lake enhanced clouds into the afternoon with a few flurries possible and on occasional light snow shower in our North Zone without much trouble. Anyone encountering a downed power line was advised to keep a minimum safe distance of 20 feet.

Wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour were reported north of Detroit in Oakland County, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

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Almost 12,000 Xcel Energy customers in La Crosse and La Crescent, Minn., lost power Wednesday morning as high winds create problems for a third day across the upper Midwest. Treat every downed power line as if it is energized.