More than 300,000 utility customers were reported to be without power Wednesday, including at least 120,000 Consumers Energy customers and 180,000 DTE Energy customers. He said the city was the hardest hit community in Macomb County, with the city's southwest area hit the worst.
According to DTE and Consumers Energy, high winds in Metro Detroit have reached more than 60 mph' causing 600,000 customers to lose power. The company said its first priority is to fix downed lines.
The company also reported that it would not offer estimates on restoration until this evening.
"We're having the most severe high wind event I can remember in my 50 years in MI today, with sustained winds of 40-plus miles per hour at multiple locations, and some gusts over 60 miles per hour", said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for wunderground.com. Due to the unusually warm weather this winter, as well as significant rainfall, the ground is very soft and saturated.
"We will be proactively coordinating our state departments and agencies with the utility companies to continuously assess the number of people without electricity and how long it will be until power is restored", Snyder said.
The priority of our crews is to first eliminate downed power lines to ensure the safety of the public. They are extremely unsafe.
Do not touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line.
The high winds also crashed DTE's power outage map several times Wednesday.
Consumers said 319,000 of its customers have been affected as 7,900 wires were taken down by the high winds.
For those residents who may come across a downed power line, they are reminded to call DTE Energy immediately at 1-800-477-4747. DTE encourages customers to use the website at dteenergy.com as well.
DTE Energy is aiming for 90 percent power restoration by Monday.
~Never drive across a downed power line.
Some may not have power back until the weekend, line workers from out of state will start arriving Thursday morning to help. Operating a generator without proper ventilation can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide.