Tuesday, July 29, 2014

About 2000 Washtenaw County residents still without power Tuesday a.m. after Sunday storms

Hundreds of area citizens are still without power on Tuesday morning after storms on Sunday, July 27 2014 swept through the area. DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons reported via telephone that the vast majority of customers are expected to be back online by Wednesday night.

DTE reports that system wide as many as 186,000 customers lost power in the storm, with 85,000 customers still dark as of 9:00 p.m. Monday night. By 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, the outage number was down to 50,000. About 200 Crews from Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin have been called in to help restore power.

At 6:45 a.m., the DTE web pages showed the following outage counts for area zip codes. About 2000 customers are without power in Washtenaw County.

48103 (west side of Ann Arbor): 276
48104 (central and east Ann Arbor): 98
48105 (north Ann Arbor): 817
48108 (south Ann Arbor): 2
48197 (south Ypsilanti): 2
48198 (north Ypsilanti): 175

The biggest outages are in Northfield Township, Barton Hills, north Newport Road, and in Ypsilanti along East Clark Road.

Strong winds, with gusts up to 70 mph, caused more than 1,000 reported power lines to come down. This map courtesy National Weather Service and the Iowa Environmental Mesonet shows the progress of storms.

If you're looking to keep food cold, dry ice is one option. Meijer stores carry dry ice, and in Ann Arbor it's also available from Washtenaw Dairy. Call ahead to make sure it's in stock, and use proper precautions when handling to protect yourself from cold (don't touch it!) and to avoid suffocation.

DTE reminds you to exercise extreme caution and assume that any wire is live. Stay at least 20 feet away from any downed wire and anything it is in contact with. Keep children and pets away. Report power outages, downed lines or other power problems using the DTE mobile application or website, online at dteenergy.com, or call DTE Energy at 800.477.4747 to report power outages or downed lines.

1 comment:

  1. I was out in the Arborview Neighborhood on Monday night and was surprised to see so many generators attached to the power lines. Do you know what exactly those are for?