December 29, 2008 / 6:13 PM / 9 years ago

More than 175,000 still without power in Michigan

HOUSTON (Reuters) - More than 175,000 electric customers in Michigan remained without power on Monday as utilities worked to restore service knocked out by high winds that moved through the state on Sunday, utilities said.

More than 413,000 customers across the state were affected on Sunday as 60 mph winds knocked tree limbs into power lines.

Detroit Edison, a unit of DTE Energy, reported 120,000 customers without power at midday Monday, down from a peak of 230,000 on Sunday, a spokesman said. Outages remained in and around Detroit and scattered across the company's eastern Michigan service territory.

CMS Energy's Consumer Energy unit, which serves central Michigan, said 57,000 customers were without power Monday, down from 183,000 at the peak of the storm.

Detroit Edison and Consumers said additional workers from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee were helping with the restoration.

Both utilities said they expect to have all customers restored by Wednesday.

American Electric Power reported no major outages in its southwest Michigan territory, according to a spokeswoman.

The destructive windstorm extended a period of power outages across the U.S. Midwest that began a week ago when severe ice storms knocked out power across Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.

Reporting by Eileen O'Grady; Editing by Christian Wiessner

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