30,000 of 174,000 customers still blacked out

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT DTE Energy Co. says about 30,000 homes and businesses remain without power a day after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan, blacking out 174,000 utility customers.

Tuesday's storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines across a stretch of southern Michigan.

DTE says about 30,000 of its 165,000 affected customers remain powerless at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the majority in Wayne County. It says mature trees knocked down some major power lines, slowing the restoration process.

DTE says the "vast majority" of those still affected will be back on line by late Thursday. CMS Energy Corp. says it's restored power to 9,000 blacked-out customers.

Flooding closed parts of some Detroit-area expressways Tuesday evening, but conditions were back to normal by Wednesday.

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