Over 381K without power in Michigan after storm with 70 mph gust

Over 381,000 customers in Michigan are without power Tuesday, Aug. 30, after thunderstorms packing 70 mph gusts raced across the state.

DTE Energy said 265,018 customers – primarily on the southeast side of the state – are without electricity. Consumers Energy reported another 116,085 without power.

Utility crews worked through the night to restore power after storms took down trees, limbs and power lines.

Restoration times were not available for many areas. Forecasters called for calm weather Tuesday

with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s, which should help utility workers.

Utility companies warned people to avoid downed power lines. In Monroe, a 14-year-old girl was electrocuted Monday after she touched a power line.

Consumers said that crews overnight restored power to nearly 40,000 customers. It will have over 350 crews working to restore power.

“Our crews worked incredibly hard last night and made significant progress, restoring service to about 1/4 of all impacted customers,” Consumer officer said

Consumers is having a community event, offering ice cream at Schultz’s Treat Shop in Kalamazoo, which was among hard-hit areas in West Michigan.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, 10,578 Consumers customers were without power in Kalamazoo County.