Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses throughout Livingston County and the region are without power following Wednesday's wind storms which blew trees and limbs into utility lines.

DTE Energy says that approximately 700,000 of their customers lost power due to the storms, making it the second largest weather-related event in the utility's history. About 670,000 remain without power as of this morning. Most areas are not being provided definite restoration times and DTE's online outage map was overwhelmed early on Wednesday and is still not operational. Additional crews from other states like Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania have been called in to help restore power to customers.

DTE Spokesman David Lingholm tells WHMI they’ll have crews out on 16 hour shifts now that it’s safe for them to be out in the field and working. He says DTE's top priority was to make sure public safety incidents are taken care of first, as the safety of crews and the public is paramount.

Consumers Energy says 187,000 of its customers were without power after more than 300,000 were affected. Officials with Consumers Energy say because of the storm’s duration and statewide impact, some customers in the worst impacted areas may not have power restored until Sunday.

Officials with both utilities urge citizens to not go near a downed power line and be aware of the potential for fallen trees, branches, and blowing debris that could cause dangerous situations. (JM/JK)