Fierce winds could cause power outages in Michigan Friday

ANN ARBOR, MI – We’re ending this week with some big, gusty winds, and the National Weather Service is warning these could be high enough to cause scattered power outages across the state on Friday.

Seeing today’s forecast, utility provider DTE sent out a notice to its customers Thursday night saying they were prepping for any power outages the weather could cause.

Much of the Lower Peninsula is under a wind advisory for most of the day. Gusts in the mid-40s already have been reported in Saugatuck, Muskegon and Allegan county this morning, and the wind is just ramping up.

The National Weather Service is forecasting strong winds with gusts up to 60 mph today.

The areas hardest-hit by wind are expected to include Flint, the Thumb, Detroit and other parts of Southeast Michigan.

High winds will last until around 7 p.m., with the peak gusts expected mid-day.

In DTE’s storm alert, they ask customers to prepare for the possibility of losing power.

“DTE Energy is preparing for high winds that may impact its Southeast Michigan service territory on Friday, potentially causing power outages.” 

The utility suggests having an emergency kit on hand, with items including:

    • Flashlights or battery-operated lanterns
    • Extra batteries
    • Candles with holders
    • Matches
    • Bottled water

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