DETROIT – Thousands are without power in Southeast Michigan on Sunday as a powerful winter storm moves through the area.
On Sunday at 4 p.m. 4,900 DTE Energy customers were without power.
You can find the DTE Outage Map here or on the DTE Energy app.
During a power outage
- Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to police and the utility company.
- Use battery powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power.
- Avoid actions that can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide:
- Do not use a grill indoors.
- Do not use an non-vented gas or kerosene heater.
- Do not use a generator inside a home or garage. Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
- Do not use an oven or stove to heat your home.
- Use extreme caution when driving, especially if traffic signals are out.
To stay safe during a winter storm
- Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens, gloves, scarf and a warm coat.
- Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
- Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.
- Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, in your kit in case you become stranded.
Safe winter driving tips
- Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip, if possible.
- DO NOT crowd snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads.
- Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.
- Make sure the windshield solvent reservoir is full and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace when necessary.
- Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers. Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and license plate before driving.
Preparing for a flood
- Create an emergency preparedness kit with a 72-hour supply of water, including three gallons per person. Include extra water if you have pets.
- Put important documents and valuables in a water-proof container on the top floor of your home.
- Create an inventory of your household items and take photos of the interior and exterior of your home.
- Double-check sump pumps to ensure they are working properly. If possible, have a battery backup system.
- Make sure your neighborhood storm drains are clear of debris. Clogged storm drains contribute to flooded roadways.
Driving in a flood
- Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
- Do not try to take short cuts, they may be blocked. Stick to designated routes.
- Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Keep an eye out for severe weather alerts and the radar here:
Stay with Local 4 for updates on power outages.
Copyright 2020 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights reserved.