Strong winds leave 600,000 people without power in Detroit

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-03-09 08:46

CHICAGO - High winds in Michigan's Detroit City left almost 600,000 people without power on Wednesday and with little hope for the power to be restored quickly, according to local news report.

Major local power suppliers DTE Energy and Consumers Energy reported extensive power outage until Wednesday afternoon, with DTE Energy saying more than 400,000 of its customers in Metro Detroit lost power by mid-Wednesday afternoon as well as another 1940,000 customers of Consumers Energy.

Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said "it's a major storm and it's going to be a multi-day storm as far as restoration", according to The Detroit News.

While DTE Energy's spokeswoman Stephanie Beres said "It's a fluid situation" and there was no telling when power will be restored.

Local weather service issued a wind warning in effect through 7:00 pm on Wednesday. The winds were caused by a strong low pressure system north of the Great Lakes.

Strong winds, some as fast as 60 miles per hour, fell trees and caused damage all around Detroit.

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. But so far no casualties have been reported due to strong winds.

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