DTE readies for outages as high winds expected Friday afternoon

DTE Energy is alerting customers that high winds in southeast Michigan may cause some outages on Friday.

The company says the winds may impact the southeast Michigan territory, and crews are preparing resources just in case.

FOX 2 Weather Authority Derek Kevra says the winds will jump around 20 mph Friday morning after 9, and then the strongest winds will come around lunchtime, from about 12-3 p.m. Gusts will be upwards of 50 mph at that point. 

A wind advisory had been in effect for all of southeast Michigan since 9 a.m., but was upgraded to a High Wind Warning at 10:20 a.m. The High Wind Warning is now in effect until 6 p.m. That's when the winds will die down and the cooler, less humid air moves in for the night. 

Property damage and power outages can be expected with the high winds. Secure objects outside that could be blown around. Report downed power lines immediately and do not approach them. Always assume they are live. 

DTE has also provided a list of tips to prepare for the weather. Assemble an emergency kit in advance, including: 

  • Battery-powered radio or television (the news media will provide updates on when electricity will be restored)
  • Flashlights or battery-operated lanterns
  • Extra batteries
  • Candles with holders
  • Matches
  • Bottled water
  • Manual can opener
  • Nonperishable food
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Wind-up or battery-powered clock
  • Corded telephone (cordless phones don't work when the power goes out and your cell phone may not work if cell towers are affected)

For more information, visit dteenergy.com/storm.

DTE will send storm updates if or when they are necessary.