UPDATE: DTE Reports Power Outages for 162 Customers in Birmingham
A strong line of thunderstorms knocked out power for more than 500 households Thursday though by 5 p.m., power had been restored to all but 162 homes scattered throughout the city.
The lights (and air conditioning) is back on for all but 162 Birmingham DTE customers Thursday after an early-morning storm knocked out the power for more than 500 homes.
There were 162 DTE customers without power by 10 p.m. Thursday, though those outages were scattered.
However, the DTE outage map now includes the 106 outages along Larchlea Road, located south of Maple between Pleasant Street and Westchester Way. Power has been out on that street all day due to a downed power line.
Meanwhile, there are still several widespread outages in Birmingham's neighboring communities, including Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Township, Bingham Farms, Franklin and West Bloomfield.
According to the DTE Outage Map, there are no estimated restoration times for those outages and DTE spokeswoman Eileen Dixon said the lights might not be back on for many until the weekend.
"It looks like we won't be back to normal until late Saturday night," Dixon said Thursday afternoon. "But, that's based on the premise we're not going to get any more bad weather."
Though they were only out for a day, Birmingham's power outage did have its effects. The city officially canceled its annual fireworks display at the Lincoln Hills Golf Course after the power was knocked out at the course's clubouse all day.
According to DTE spokesman Scott Simons, 210,000 DTE customers throughout southeastern Michigan were without power Thursday afternoon, up from a morning count of 190,000.
"This is the fourth storm we've had since Tuesday morning, so we have to keep reassessing priorities," Simons said. "But, we do know the restoration process will take us into the weekend."
"All of our crews are working 16-hour shifts and they're working around the clock," Dixon added.
The outages come after a strong line of storms passed through Metro Detroit around 5 a.m. Thursday, leaving thousands without power. Simons said DTE had reduced the number of outages to 17,000 after Tuesday's storms, but said Thursday's overnight storm was one of the most severe yet.
Meanwhile, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), Thursday's high is expected to reach 96 degrees, with a 60 percent chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms all day.
Friday, however, will be hot. The NWS is calling for a high 101 degrees Friday though there's a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Saturday will be cooler, however, with a high of 87 degrees.