High Winds Prompt Road Closures & Traffic Issues
March 8, 2017
There are continuing reports across Livingston County of downed trees and large branches, downed power lines, nonworking traffic signals, grass and structure fires and traffic accidents. In some areas today, wind gusts had already exceeded 60 miles per hour. Officials urge citizens to not go near a downed power line and be aware of the potential for fallen trees, branches, and blowing debris that may cause a potentially dangerous situation.
-As of roughly 3pm, a Regal Recycling truck was blocking the right passenger lane on eastbound Grand River at Lucy Road, near the viaduct in Howell. That has cleared.
-Two power poles tipped over on Highlander Way in Howell around 11am, closing the roadway from north of Highlander Way Middle School to M-59. Howell Fire Chief Andy Pless tells WHMI Highlander Way will likely be shut down for most of the afternoon.
-Grand River was shut down at Fleming. It has since re-opened.
In Brighton, Fire Chief Mike O’Brian had responded to 39 calls as of early afternoon. He says most calls involved downed trees and powers lines, in addition to a house fire and smoke in a building.
Due to the power outage and the closure of Highlander Way, the Howell Public Schools district released Highlander Way Middle School, Howell High School and Freshman Campus students early. Also closed due to power outages include the Livingston County Judicial Center, Washtenaw Community College Brighton Extension Center Only and the Howell Carnegie District Library. They will reopen tomorrow.
Hundreds of thousands of utility customers have been reported to be without power, including at least 140,000 Consumers Energy customers and 500,000 DTE Energy customers. Officials urge citizens to not go near a downed power line and be aware of the potential for fallen trees, branches, and blowing debris that may cause a potentially dangerous situation.
Meanwhile, DTE Energy's online Outage Maps were down this afternoon. Individuals should still contact DTE directly to report any power outages at 1-800-477-4747. (JM)