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Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 5:16 p.m.

Crashes, power outages slow evening commute in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

A combination of crashes and power outages was wreaking havoc on motorists' evening commute Friday in the Ann Arbor area. Several traffic lights were out around town, including at Eisenhower Boulevard and Stone School Road, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said shortly after 5 p.m.

Storms that moved through the area in the early afternoon left several thousand customers in Washtenaw County without electricity. A specific estimate was not immediately available, a DTE Energy spokeswoman said.

A couple of crashes also were causing lengthy backups on freeways, including on northbound U.S. 23 at Eight Mile Road and eastbound Interstate 94 and Ann Arbor Saline Road. No further information was immediately available on those crashes.

The DTE power outage map showed several pockets of outages in Ann Arbor and in eastern Washtenaw County. The utility, which was dealing with several outages in its southeast Michigan service area, hoped to have service restored Friday night, though a specific estimate was not available.

The area could be in for continued storms this evening. The forecast called for overcast skies with thunderstorms.


Outage areas are shown in red, orange, yellow, green and purple on the map.



Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 10:43 p.m.

lotsa action down here in milan too..lightning hit power line across from fire dept. rollover @ platt and stony creek.. stay home folks!


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 10 p.m.

These storms will continue to come through according to the radar. Power here is off and on. Too many people due to the building boom and too little work on the infrastructure to support the increase. That and lots of tree limbs falling on lines.

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Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 9:58 p.m.

hmmm.... i'm in a red and orange OVERLAPPED area and my power is still on... #dontyoubelieveit


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 10:20 p.m.

Here too. Saw an earlier story and went on the DTE map and it says my power and the surrounding area is out. I live near Ellsworth and Carpenter, the map says that Lowes, Meijers, and all those businesses are out, but I drove around and everyone has power and is open. Any explanations?

mike gatti

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

How is DTE allowed to be so terrible? Estimates of power restorations for these areas are Sunday.


Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 4:03 a.m.

DTE is allowed to be terrible because of the lack of competition. And personally, having lived in Michigan all of my life, most everything that's based in Detroit sucks!


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Ours just went out in Dexter now.