Utilities: Nearly 300,000 Michigan customers still in the dark after storms

Heavy thunderstorms knocked down this utility pole and power lines.
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MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (7/22/19) - Michigan's two largest utility companies continued to work on restoring power Monday after heavy storms left more than 800,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

Significant progress is being made, as more than half of those who lost power had it back by noon Monday. But some customers were warned they might not have electricity for a couple of days.

Consumers Energy said about 36,000 customers still did not have power at midday Monday. At one point, more than 200,000 were in the dark.

Consumers Energy said it had 1,700 employees working around the clock to restore power. That includes crews enlisted from six other states to help.

Meanwhile, DTE Energy said Friday and Saturday's storms were the largest to hit southeast Michigan in years. The company said about 600,000 customers across the state were affected.

About 220,000 customers were still without power Monday morning.

DTE said it was on target to restore power for 80 percent of affected customers by end of day Monday. It expected power would be fully restored for the remaining homes and businesses on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It also brought in help from other states for repair work.

See Related Links on the right side or bottom of this story for the DTE and Consumers Energy power outage maps.

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