High Wind Warning in effect; 400,000 without power
(WJBK) - A High Wind Warning in currently in effect for all of southeast Michigan until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Strong wind gusts are anticipated through the afternoon hours.
As of 12:35 p.m., DTE Energy says 230,000 people are without power. DTE says they're getting about 1,000 outages a minute, and they have called in crews from other states to help with restoration. You can check DTE's Power Outage map here. (Note their page may have difficulty loading as many are accessing the site.)
The FOX 2 Weather Authority team says the average wind speed will be between 30 - 50 mph until about 4 p.m. Gusts have potential to reach up to 60 mph, though. Those are speeds seen in tropical storms.
Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. the gusts will fall down until they eventually reach 25 mph later this evening.
Many downed tree branches and power lines have already been reported. If you see a downed power line, do not go near it.
Counties included in the high wind warning are Bay; Genesee; Huron; Lapeer; Lenawee; Livingston; Macomb; Midland; Monroe; Oakland; Saginaw; Sanilac; Shiawassee; St. Clair; Tuscola; Washtenaw; and Wayne.