DTE Vitality monitoring energy outages in SE Michigan after extreme storms swept the realm

DETROIT Storms will sweep through southeast Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, with more expected overnight through Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, August 11th, at 5:35 p.m., more than 395,000 DTE Energy customers were without electricity, that is around 16% of the supply area.

Power outages are scattered across the area, but the hardest hit areas appear to be Livingston, Washtenaw, Monroe and Wayne counties.

You can view the DTE outage map here. Consumers Energy reports 221,000 outages nationwide.

Report a failure to DTE here. Report a failure to Consumers Energy here.


Safety tips in the event of a storm

  • Keep at least 20 feet away from dropped power lines and anything they come into contact with, including puddles of water and fences. Also keep children and pets away.

  • Use extreme caution around metal fences that conduct electricity after a severe storm. Electric current is strongest where a fallen power line hits a metal fence. Even a connecting fence several back yards away can be live and dangerous.

  • Never cross yellow caution tape. It could be shabby power lines.

  • Never drive over derelict power lines. If a power line falls on your vehicle, stay in your car until emergency assistance arrives.

  • A live power line can spark and swirl around when looking for ground. A ground is the earth or something that touches the earth, like a fence or a tree. A live wire that has found its bottom may lie still, but it is still dangerous. Report a failed power line online via the DTE Energy Mobile App or call us immediately at 800.477.4747.
  • Cable or telephone lines can be live if they come into contact with electrical lines. Contact with a live power line can be fatal.

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