UPDATE: Village Offices Reopens, Candidate Forum returns to Beverly Hills

Tuesday night's candidate forum for Beverly Hills Village Council and Southfield Township clerk candidates is back on for 7 p.m. at the Beverly Hills council chamber.

Update 2 p.m.:

The power is back on at the Beverly Hills Village office, and according to Village Clerk Ellen Marshall, the candidate forum for those running for Beverly Hills Village Council and Southfield Township clerk is back on for Tuesday night.

The forum will be held at the Beverly Hills Council Chamber, as previously scheduled. The meeting had initially been moved to Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, after a morning power outage. The forum will be held at the regularly-scheduled time, 7 p.m.

"We apologize for any confusion," Marshall said. "The village was informed earlier today that power would not be restored until late tonight. Now that power has been restored, the forum will held at the original location and time."

The Southfield Township office is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, while the Beverly Hills Village offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Update 10:30 a.m.:

Those on Birmingham south side or living in Beverly Hills, take note: the Beverly Hills Village office as well as the Southfield Township offices are closed Tuesday due to a power outage.

The outage comes the morning after high winds from Hurricane Sandy — which made landfall in New Jersey at 8 p.m. Monday — pummeled Metro Detroit overnight.

In Birmingham, 760 DTE Energy customers were without power Tuesday morning, according to the DTE Outage Map. In Beverly Hills, meanwhile, more than 1,437 customers were without power Tuesday morning, including a large swath between 12 Mile and 14 Mile, east of Evergreen and west of Southfield Road. There are no estimated restoration times.

"At this time, we do not have an estimated time of restoration," a note from Village Clerk Ellen Marshall reads. "Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience."

Marshall said the candidate forum for Beverly Hills Village Council and Southfield Township clerk candidates — scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beverly Hills Council Chamber — will be moved to 7:30 p.m. at Birmingham's Baldwin Public Library.

The forum will be aired live on cable TV and recorded for later rebroadcasting.  It will not be streamed live on the Beverly Hills website, but will be available on demand at www.villagebeverlyhills.com, starting tomorrow (if power is restored).

A wind advisory for Oakland County is expected to last through 1 p.m. Tuesday, bringing with it wind speeds up to 50 miles per hour. These winds could cause hazardous situations, including power outages, downed tree branches and difficulty driving, especially on east-west roads.

DTE Energy spokesman John Austerberry said that the Michigan-based gas and electric company are anticipating potentially-long outages.


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