It also is extremely important to treat all downed power lines as "live", and assume they still have electricity flowing through them. "Lots of trees and power lines are down".
"We understand everybody wants to know when the power will be back on". This is causing trees to uproot in the high winds, damaging our power lines.
At about 3 p.m., DTE Energy reported on its Twitter page that it had 400,000 customers experiencing outages and were calling for assistance from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.
Numerous power outages will be likely today.
And as officials and residents waited for the winds to die down, despite crews being ready to start working 16-hour shifts, it is unclear when power will be restored to families and businesses.
· Never drive across a downed power line. Additionally, many traffic signals are out and should be treated as a stop.
Wednesday's storm caused other problems, too.
At least 3 dead after train, bus collision
A city spokesman said that passengers were killed and injured in the wreck, but was not able to specify how many. According to the Associated Press , the CSX train pushed the bus for about 300 feet before coming to a stop.
DTE is seeking to replace three coal-fired plants that are scheduled for retirement in 2023. "This was the last place for us to go", said Marcelleus Thomas, 54, who was away from the building when the fire broke out.
Parts of the roads in the city was closed because power line was blown to roadways and the city's maintenance team couldn't clear them out.
The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings for a 12-county area of western New York State.
Snyder said local organizations are working to make warming centers available as needed for communities that were hit hard by the storm. She said 320,000 Consumers Energy customers have been affected by the windstorm, and said 160,000 have had their power restored.
In Detroit, the fire department said that 99,000 residents are without power and it is urging them to take safety precautions while using generators to provide power to their residences.
DTE in a separate statement expressed confidence that 90% of homes should see power by Sunday as well.