DTE Energy power outage recovery times in SE Michigan: Here’s what we know

DETROIT Nearly half a million people were without power in Southeast Michigan this week after damaging ice and wind swept through the region.

The midweek winter storm brought rain, snow and accumulating ice, causing widespread power outages through Friday.

As of 8:35 a.m. on Sunday, more than 170,000 DTE customers were without power. Here’s what we know about potential recovery times.

Power failure recovery times DTE Energy – what we know

DTE Energy expects to restore power to the “vast majority of customers” affected by the storm by the end of the day on Sunday.

With hundreds of schools closed this week due to the storm and subsequent power outages, officials said restoring power to schools by Monday is a top priority.

If you are out of power, you can check your recovery time on DTE’s website, the link is available below.

You can View DTE’s fault map here.

Power outage resources

Report one malfunction to DTE here. Report one malfunction at Consumer Energy here.

Power outages are particularly concerning in the winter, as cold temperatures can pose a danger to people and their homes. Find some resources below:

Safety tips during a storm

  • Stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and everything they come into contact with, including puddles of water and fences. Also keep children and pets away.

  • Be extremely careful around metal fences, which conduct electricity, after a severe storm. Electric current will be strongest where a downed power line touches a metal fence. Even a connecting gate several backyards away can be live and dangerous.

  • Never cross yellow barrier tape. It could be around downed power lines.

  • Never drive over downed power lines. If a power cable falls on your vehicle, stay in your car until emergency services arrive.

  • A live power line can spark and whip around as it searches for a ground. A ground is the earth or something that touches the earth, such as a fence or a tree. A live wire that has found its ground may lie still, but it is still dangerous. Report a power line failure online, on the DTE Energy Mobile App, or call us immediately at 800-477-4747.
  • Cable or telephone lines can become live if they come into contact with electrical lines. Contact with a live power line can be fatal.

  • Never use a portable generator in a home or business. It emits carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. Put it outside, away from windows and doors, so the fumes can’t get inside.

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