Power Outages Result From High Winds Downing Trees & Power Lines
March 8, 2017
With a High Wind Warning in effect until 7pm across Southeast Michigan, several dozen downed trees and power lines have emergency responders working nonstop.
DTE Energy says several thousand of their Livingston County customers have lost power after gusts began picking up just before 9am. Calls began pouring in to local fire departments not only about the downed lines, but also several small grass fires that resulted. Two power lines on Highlander Way in Howell tipped over (pictured) and forced the closure of that roadway. There have been no reports of any injuries so far.
The National Weather Service reports there have been widespread southwest wind gusts between 40 and 60mph, which will persist through the afternoon. The gusts will be capable of bringing down trees, large tree limbs and power lines. Driving will also be difficult, especially high profile vehicles. Authorities remind the public to never go near downed power lines.
Stay tuned to WHMI for the latest traffic and weather information throughout the day. (JK)