Update: Power Will Be Off for Some 'Until Late Saturday Night'
Storms blowing through White Lake and Highland knock out DTE service for more than 5,000 residents.
Update 2:30 p.m.: More than 5,000 White Lake and Highland residents are still without power Thursday afternoon, and DTE says a fix may not come until later into the weekend.
"It looks like we won't be back to normal until late Saturday night," DTE spokeswoman Eileen Dixon said Thursday afternoon. "But, that's based on the premise we're not going to get any more bad weather."
210,000 customers in southeast Michigan were without power Thursday afternoon, an increase from 190,000 this morning due to storms that moved through the area, Dixon said.
"All of our crews are working 16-hour shifts and they're working around the clock," Dixon said.
"We've got more than 1,000 power lines down," in southeast Michigan, she said. "It's a big job ahead of us."
Update 7 a.m.: DTE Energy reports more than 5,000 residents are without power today, after strong storms blew through the White Lake and Highland area overnight.
DTE provided no estimate as to when power will be restored.
As of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, DTE spokesman Scott Simons said 190,000 customers were without power in southeast Michigan.
"This is the fourth storm we've had since Tuesday morning, so we have to keep reassessing priorities," he said. "But, we do know the restoration process will take us into the weekend."
Simons said the utility had reduced the outage number from Tuesday's storms to 17,000 before a Wednesday evening storm hit, followed by what DTE experienced as the most severe storm of the week overnight.
DTE has recalled 100 linemen who were sent to Ohio to help with repairs after storms there last week and expects to have a power restoration estimate later today.