The Metro Detroit area is currently experiencing high winds with gusts up to 50 mph, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a high wind advisory until midnight. As a result of the strong winds, thousands of residents in the area are without power.
According to local utility companies, downed power lines and fallen trees are causing outages throughout the region. DTE Energy reported over 10,000 customers without electricity as of early evening on Tuesday.
"The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority," said Heather Rivard, Vice President of Distribution Operations for DTE Energy. "We have crews working around the clock to assess damage and restore power as quickly and safely as possible."
Consumers Energy also reported several thousand customers without power due to the high winds.
Residents are advised to stay indoors if possible and avoid any unnecessary travel during this time. The strong gusts can make driving difficult, especially for larger vehicles such as trucks or buses.
The National Weather Service warns that these conditions may persist throughout the night before subsiding by Wednesday morning. Residents should continue monitoring weather reports and take appropriate precautions until conditions return to normal.
In times like these, it's essential for everyone in affected areas to stay safe while crews work tirelessly towards restoring services swiftly.