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Cleanup and power restoration continues following Monday’s storm

Cleanup and power restoration continues following Monday’s intense storm that blew through Livingston County, with wind speeds clocked at up to 70 m.p.h. that caused more than 3,000 downed power lines across the region.

Due to the ongoing power outages, Howell Public Schools says that Northwest Elementary,Innovation Academy and Little Highlanders Learning Center will be closed Wednesday, while all other schools in the district will be open.

Courtesy of Jennifer MacLachlan Meinke

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, DTE Energy’s outage map indicated about 210,000 of its customers in southeast Michigan remain without power, approximately 15,000 of them in Livingston County.

Courtesy of Beth Hill

“DTE Storm Response Teams were in the field today securing downed power lines and assessing damage to create restoration estimates for affected customers, read a statement on the DTE website. “The vast majority of customers will receive a restoration estimate by 10 p.m. Tuesday evening and can check their estimate here. Please remember stay at least 20 feet away from downed lines and anything they touch, such as fences. All downed lines should be considered live and dangerous.”

The utility expects to restore 80% of customers impacted by the storm by the end of the day on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Commerce Township, Walled Lake and Novi remain under boil water advisories after the Great Lakes Water Authority station temporarily lost power in the storms and lost system pressure, creating the risk of bacterial contamination.

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