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Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 7:18 a.m.

Power still out for hundreds in Ann Arbor area after high winds overnight

By Cindy Heflin

About 800 DTE Energy customers in Washtenaw County remained without power this morning after high winds snapped tree limbs and brought down power lines Wednesday night. About 19,000 were still without power in DTE's southeast Michigan service area.

DTE crews expect to have power restored to all those customers sometime today, said DTE spokesman Scott Simons.

The DTE power outage map showed scattered outages across the region.

At the peak of the outages overnight, about 6,000 customers were without power in Washtenaw County and about 65,000 system-wide, Simons said.

Winds died down overnight, but some blustery conditions will remain with winds gusting to 22 mph at times. Rain and snow showers are also possible today, but little or no snow accumulation is expected. A high temperature around 43 is expected.

Tonight, temperatures will dip to 29. Friday will be partly sunny, but blustery conditions will remain with a high of 43.



Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 5:31 p.m.

I hope your information about power being restored today is correct. I live on Maywood St. in Ann Arbor and the power has been out since later afternoon yesterday. The estimate on DTE's website is that it will not be restored until 9:30-11:30 Friday night, which is pretty crummy.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 5:15 a.m.

The power on Maywood actually was restored Thursday afternoon!


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 6:25 p.m.

Same here, neighbor is reporting a small tree is responsible for our entire neighborhood, too bad the lines are above ground! Can't imagine if one of my monster Oaks had hit the lines, it would be weeks of no service!


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 5:05 p.m.

If the lines would be buried - who do you think would have to pay to have that done - the paying customer, that's who - me! I just purchased a $700 gas powered generator - much cheaper than paying for the rest of my life for those who did not think to be prepared! It should last a good 15 years (That's less than $50 / year and I will have no frozen pipes, not loss of freezer food etc.) Underground lines are not going to stop mechanical problems, brown outs from too much demand (did you see what happened in California a few weeks ago?) Get real people, there are infrastructure improvements needed - but don't ask for something you are not willing to pay for, and please, don't make me pay for your ignorance! Get modernized yourself- if you can afford internet, can't you afford a generator?


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 6:24 p.m.

WOW really need to educate yourself first! Underground lines are by far the better option and does cut down on maintenance because the lines are NOT exposed to the elements or trees or squirrels. Gas generators are responsible for deaths every year from being used improperly and people dying of carbon monoxide poisoning. I have a generator but I am work today with my "internet" access, wouldn't dream of using my generator for non essential items. Oh and by the way pipes are not gonna freeze tonight or any time soon, however a 15yr generator can be outdown by lines laid underground PERIOD.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 3:40 p.m.

If only we had people who wanted a job, so they could be hired to bury these transmission lines.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:46 p.m.

Dexter Township, Hankerd Road @ Half Moon Lake has been without power since before 5pm yesterday. They first told us it would be 12 hours, which came and went. Now the estimate ranges from late tonight until tomorrow morning. Its crazy the amount of time we loose power out in this area, not to mention when its gonna be a while it usually stretches into days!


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:42 p.m.

Thank Goodness these Volunteers are helping to Save the Planet by not having power! I wonder if DTE could charge these customers a "GREEN TAX" for this honor?


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:41 p.m.

Automated msg says Saline area to have power turned OFF at 11:15AM today for wind damage repairs. Should be out for an hour.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 1:21 p.m.

Typical. Everytime a squirrel so much as farts on the power lines 20,000 people around here lose their power. DTE absolutley refuses to spend the money to bury our power lines even though Michigan is very prone to storms and our electrical infrastructure is decayed and falling apart. You would think as a Fortune 500 company, # 283 on the list to be exact, they would have more than enough money to invest in burying our pwer lines. After all, their profits are up this year and their payments to their investors are up this year too... or maybe not spending their money on much needed infrastructure improvements is how they stay a Fortune 500 company and return so much in dividends to people who are already rich... hmmm, makes you think, doesn't it?


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:39 p.m.

From certain news stories from around the nation, it seems the public utility industry is willfully letting the infrastructure decay to the point of being able to demand that taxpayers or consumers cover the cost of repairs through subsidies or exceedingly high rates. Business today is not about making profits to reinvest in the business, but, rather, merely profits to dole out to executives and shareholders with no regard for the operating requirements.