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Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

Overnight storm leaves 400 customers without power in north Ann Arbor

By Amy Biolchini

A thunderstorm that rolled through the area late Monday has left about 400 DTE Energy customers without power on the north side of Ann Arbor.

Power has been out in the area since about 3 a.m. Tuesday. The estimated restoration time is between 3 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Scott Simons, spokesman for DTE Energy.

The storm caused a 40,000-volt power line to come loose from a pole and make contact with a 13,200-volt power line located lower on the pole, Simons said.

The contact caused numerous problems on the circuit, including a power surge, Simons said. DTE Energy crews are actively working to restore power in the area, Simons said.

Simons said he’s unsure if any power poles had fallen down in the storm.

The western boundary of the outage is at Newport Road. From the intersection of Miller Avenue and Newport, the outage extends east to the Huron River and a portion of Argo Park. The northern boundary of the outage is an area just north of M-14.


An image from DTE Energy's outage map as of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday of the area affected by the storm-related power outage.

Courtesy of DTE Energy

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

Once again, this story appeared in the Wednesday morning email summary, implying that the storm took place Tuesday night. Please put the day in the headline: "Monday night storm ... " This also happens with commuter news. For example, a gead might read "crash shuts down highway." Upon going to the website, we find out the crash was twenty-four hours earlier. Does someone monitor the output? Thanks for listening.

Ann English

Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 11:15 p.m.

I miss more articles on than I realize, seeing them 24 hours later, if at all. But if no articles have appeared on covering Sunday afternoon's 3-car accident in front of Washtenong Memorial Park or Tuesday's accident on eastbound Eisenhower near Boardwalk, that's fine. Both accident scenes were cleared in a short amount of time. Police arrived at both scenes.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 1:07 p.m.

Power at my house was restored just before 3:30pm. I work at home, so it was inconvenient. I took the opportunity, though, to head downtown to have a very nice breakfast at the Fleetwood and then head over to the library to read and respond to e-mail on my tablet. All in all, a nice little change in routine, and life goes on.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 11:48 a.m.

I live in that area. At the time the power went out (3:00 am) , there was no storm. But there was a big, hollow "boom," as when a transformer blows. I checked with DTE a few times, and by 6:00 pm, the phone message said power had been restored. Wrong! Our entire street was still dark. I called back about an hour later, and again it said power was restored. Again, wrong! I was told I had to file a new report of an outage (how stupid), but that's what I did. Finally, the power was restored just before 8:30 pm. I'm a firm believer inputting power lines underground, and this just reinforces it.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

Putting power lines underground is way more expensive than running them above ground. Are you willing to pay that price?


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 11:17 p.m.

A friend who lives near Sunset said that the cause of their power outage was a blown transformer. She said it made a really loud noise, which they do when they blow.

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

I can vouch for this storm -- I definitely heard thunder and looked outside my window to see pouring rain very late last night, about midnight or 1 a.m. It didn't last very long.

dading dont delete me bro

Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

storm?!? what storm?


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 8:11 p.m.

Our entire neighborhood 1/2 mile due west of this outage map lost power at the same time...came on around 7am.


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 7:36 p.m.

We live in the green area, not the small purple area - the purple area seems to have lost power later. According a stopped clock, power did indeed go out in our house just before 3:00 AM. Per the DTE site it's still out right now - hopefully they can get it back before this evening.


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

This is all Obama's fault.


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 7:27 p.m.



Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 7:13 p.m.

It wasnt a "storm." power went out in our place ~5am, I drove by the DTE crew with a basket already up in the air on Brooks ~5:10, they're not that fast!! sounds/looks like they screwed with something...oops.


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 6:49 p.m.

If that little bit of rain can knock out power to that many people, I sure hope it doesn't snow this winter.