High wind warnings for Sunday could cause power outages across metro Detroit

Cities across the metro Detroit area are declaring high wind warnings for Sunday morning 7 am, into early Monday after the National Weather Service predicts wind gust in excess of 50-60 mph. 

The highest gusts are most likely during the late morning to late afternoon. 

Driving will become potentially hazardous for high profile vehicles and unsecured outdoor objects will likely be blown around.

Michigan State Police issued a statement about the possible outages and how to prepare. 

“The length of a power outage can never be predicted,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD). “Taking a few steps to prepare ahead of a power outage can minimize loss and keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.”

With high winds downed tree limbs and power lines will be possible and may lead to scattered power outages. 

MSP's tips on how to prepare for an outage:

• Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer. Cold water bottles will help keep food cold during a power outage and can also be used for drinking water.
• Check with your physician or pharmacist about any medication that requires refrigeration. It is important to know how long medication is safe in the refrigerator without power.
• Make a plan to prepare for family members with disabilities or who have ill health.
• Try to keep gas tanks at least half full. If the power goes out, gas stations may be unavailable.
• Have extra cash available. ATMs will not work without electricity.
• Keep a key to the house with you when away from home. The garage will not open if the power is out.

The following blackout-specific items should be added to your emergency preparedness kit:

•    Extra batteries
•    Large flashlights/ emergency lighting
•    Food that does not require heat
•    Warm clothes and blankets

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit www.michigan.gov/miready or follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.