WIND STORM: Schools closed, Power still out for thousands in mid-Michigan

Winds in the area were gusting more than 50 miles per hour.

Consumers Energy reported more than 180,000 of its customers have been affected by the high winds throughout MI, and stated it had more than 1,600 people working to restore power.

Don't touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire.

"It's a fluid situation" and there was no telling when power will be restored.

The weather caused more than 4,000 downed power lines.

As of Thursday morning, Consumer's representatives estimated some 120,000 households had their power restored.

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"While we have announced plans to build a new natural gas plant, DTE is assessing all options for new power capacity, including the purchase of a natural gas plant to produce electricity", DTE Electric President Trevor Lauer said.

According to a news release from the city of Battle Creek, the Battle Creek Transit office had no power and could not receive calls. Do not go near any downed line and report it immediately. More than 800,000 buildings were impacted, DTE said. Additionally, many traffic signals are out and should be treated as a stop.

The Huron County Road Commission was busy Wednesday taking care of trees that fell in roadways throughout the county - some in Caseville and others on M-19.

He says the outages this week are the worst Consumer's Energy has seen since 2013. "We will update when they are available again".

A high wind warning from the National Weather Service runs until 7 p.m. for all counties in Southeast Michigan. DTE advised MI residents to use extreme caution if they come into contact with a downed line.

Lauren Melcher Davis said on the DTE Energy Facebook page: "Everyone asking for restoration estimates - there are still lines being knocked down by the dozens as we speak". The outages are widespread across the region, with the hardest hit areas in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. "That was a contributing factor to this many customers being affected in this particular wind storm".

  • Megan Austin