On Monday afternoon, severe storms hit Southeast Michigan, knocking out power to many residents. DTE Energy said that as of 9:20 AM on Tuesday, August 30, over 262,000 customers in Southeast Michigan were without electricity. Almost 12% of the entire service region is now without electricity.
More than 113,000 Consumers Energy customers were without power in West and mid-Michigan. After Monday’s storms, DTE Energy reports that over 232,000 customers in Southeast Michigan are still without electricity. According to Trevor Lauer of DTE, on the job right now are 1,200 DTE crews, with an additional 1,000 contract crews joining the effort today.
Power restoration work has been slowed because of the over 3,000 downed power lines, according to Lauer, who stressed that public safety is their priority. DTE expects to restore service to 80% of customers by Thursday night and 95% by Friday night. DTE has promised to update the map with restoration information as it becomes available.
The Novi Police Department also sent out a message Monday evening noting that the city of Novi is currently under a boil water advisory as of 8:30 p.m. Commerce Township and Walled Lake are both under boil water advisories..
A loss of pressure caused by a transient power outage at a Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) station has been identified as the cause of the boil water advisory, according to a statement released by the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner.