Matt Lindstrom, spokesperson for Xcel Energy, said most of the outages came after downed trees or branches collided with power lines, but that teams were working quickly to restore power to the affected areas. In a statement, the utility described it as "the largest weather event in DTE history". At least 500,000 in Metro Detroit without power, 2,000 downed lines and extensive tree damage as of late Wednesday afternoon.
The first priority for restoration will be to fix the largest circuits and areas that include hospitals and major senior centers, Lauer said.
Expect winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts around 60 miles per hour from late morning into mid afternoon.
A fire started after high winds downed power lines in St. Clair County's Kimball Township, prompting nearby homes to be evacuated, The Times Herald of Port Huron reported.
Should outages occur in your area, both Consumers and DTE will have updates on their websites regarding when power will be restored.
"Given the sheer size of the (power outage), we expect the restoration to take multiple days", a DTE spokesman said Thursday. Most have seen service restored.
On Lake Michigan, near South Haven Michigan, wind gusts were so strong in velocity that the giant waves were pushed over the piers.
Consumers Energy estimated 300,000 (roughly more) were without power across the state, including 3000 in Clare County Wednesday morning into the evening. A strong low tracked over northern MI over Lake Superior sunk that ship.
Outages can be viewed at their online Outage Central.
Customers were advised to stay clear of downed wires and not to cross yellow caution tape lines. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives.
The windstorm that caused massive power outages throughout Metro Detroit on Wednesday has made its way into the record books. Leave one light switch on to indicate when power is restored. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours.