SE Michigan wind advisory expires; 5K remain without power

A wind advisory for southeast Michigan has expired, and DTE Energy and Consumers Energy said they are making progress on restoring power just as snow re-emerges.

The advisory for damaging 45-50 mph wind gusts as a cold front swept through the region ended at 4 pm It had been downgraded from a high wind warning at 11:20 am

Temperatures were expected to drop to the upper-30s Sunday night.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Upper and Mid-Michigan areas, which were expected to get 2-4 inches of snow beginning 2 am and lasting through 4 pm Monday.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook was forecast for southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit. Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and other neighboring counties were expected to get 1-3 inches of snow but mostly on grassy areas and colder surfaces.

Warmer conditions favor a rain mix with melting snow or just “simply” rain, said NWS forecasters Sunday.

Winds were expected to reach 28 mph overnight and 21 mph Monday. Rain also is forecast overnight with an accumulation of up to a quarter of an inch, according to the weather service.

An American flag blows in the wind in Detroit on Mar. 6, 2022.

Before the wind advisory expired, southwest winds blew down tree limbs and power lines in the region and made travel difficult.

DTE reported 5,000 customers without power at 6 pm Sunday, down from 11,470 at 2 pm, and Consumers Energy reported 5,443 customers without power at 5 pm, down from 14,824 at 2 pm

DTE had 26,000 outages at the height of the windy conditions and 175 incidents of wires down, said DTE spokeswoman Marquia Mann.

“We’re expecting to have 95% restored at the end of the day with the remaining restored by tomorrow morning,” said Mann Sunday.

DTE customers can report a power outage or downed wire through the DTE app or website, or by calling or 800-477-4747.

By 6 pm Consumers Energy reported 175 outages. Customers can report a power outage or downed wire at consumersenergy.com or by calling 800-477-5050.

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