Thousands of Michigan residents are without power on Monday morning following the first severe thunderstorms of the season.
According to DTE Energy, 63,523 customers were experiencing outages as of 9:26 a.m. local time. The Detroit-based energy company said they had more than 300 crew members in the field to help restore power.
Users can report outages or downed power lines at DTE Energy’s website under the “Outage Center” section. That’s where they can also check the status of their power and view an outage map.
“DTE damage assessors and crews have been dispatched and will be working in areas impacted by the recent severe weather throughout the day,” the energy company said in a storm alert. “We are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Please make sure to report outages or downed power lines using the DTE Mobile app, our online outage center or automated phone system.”
One of the most affected areas, according to the map, is Rochester. More than 3,000 customers were without power between East Avon Road and M-59. Another 2,767 customers surrounding West Tienken Road were impacted. Energy officials estimate that power will be restored to these areas by 11:30 p.m. Monday.
The primary reason for many of the outages was due to wind damage, according to DTE’s map.
The National Weather Service’s Detroit post issued a severe weather warning on Sunday morning. Large hail, damaging winds, isolated thunderstorms and heavy rain were potential threats for Southeastern Michigan.
Tornado warnings were also issued for some Michigan counties near the Indiana/Ohio border. The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana said it received a report of a confirmed tornado that was moving east in Coldwater, Michigan around 35 mph just after 10:00 p.m.
Consumers Energy, another Michigan-based energy provider, reported another 23,393 customers were affected by more than 500 outages as of Monday morning. The company said it had 158 crews in the field working to restore power.
Like DTE, Consumers Energy customers can visit their website to report an outage or view the outage map. Customers can also sign up for alert messages on outage updates.
The National Weather Service’s Detroit post forecasted milder weather for Monday: mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies after the last of the early morning storms. The temperature is expected to rise to 77 degrees Fahrenheit before dropping to lows in the 40s on Tuesday morning.
Newsweek reached out to DTE Energy and Consumers Energy for additional information on the power outages but didn’t receive a response before publication.
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