DTE: 90 percent of 260K in dark to be restored Sunday
(WJBK) - About 190,00 DTE Energy customers are still without power Saturday.
Officials say that about 90 percent of those affected, should have power Sunday.
"The winds were crazy," said Detroit resident Karen Dumas. "And this is the result. Mother Nature is no joke."
Dumas was reminded of that Friday afternoon when strong wind gusts leveled a tree in her backyard on Detroit's east side, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
FOX 2: "Just looking at this, it could have been much worse."
"It could have been and that's why I am thankful," she said. "If it had fallen or if the tree had broken a little lower in the trunk area, it would have damaged the house more. But we have some extensive damage."
There were similar scenes throughout metro Detroit Friday as high winds ripped through the region snapping power poles and trees like twigs.
Downed wires trapped teachers in a school in Hamtramck, while branches and fallen lines littered yards in Southfield.
And it may only be a matter of time before a power pole comes crashing down in the 16900 block of Harper in Detroit.
"We are going to be working through the remainder of the evening to build our restoration plan," said Ryan Stowe, DTE Energy. "We just got word that we are getting in about 100 crews from out of state, from Illinois and from Tennessee to help aid with the restoration."
More than 260,000 DTE customers are in the dark while Consumers Energy customers has nearly 80,000 without power. For the DTE outage map CLICK HERE.
Joshua Rozier has been without since 7 a.m. Friday - and it's the second go-around for him. Rozier was in the dark for days after the ice storm in April.
"I just left to go to the liquor store, I come back and the power is out," he said. "Craziness."
Antoine Jordan and Richelle Kennedy had to change their plans Friday when Detroit Vegan Soul in West Village lost power hours after opening.
A few doors down, it was booze by candlelight at Craft Work
"Right now we are just dealing with it," said Hubery Yaro. "We have a few customers inside we are taking care of and making the best of it."
A spokesperson with Consumer's Energy said that all of its affected customers will have power restored by 11:30 p.m. Sunday.