Hundreds Still Without Power in Troy as Triple-Digit Heat Looms
Temperatures will likely exceed 100 degrees Friday as DTE Energy works to restore power to thousands of southeast Michigan homes and businesses.
As temperatures are expected to soar into the triple digits Friday, more than 400 homes in Troy are still without power early Friday morning – down from more than 800 affected homes on Thursday.
In southeast Michigan, more than 110,000 customers are still without power – down from 210,000 Thursday afternoon, when additional storms moved through the area, DTE spokeswoman Eileen Dixon said Thursday afternoon.
DTE Energy expects power to most residents in southeast Michigan to be restored "by the end of the weekend," DTE spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba told WXYZ Thursday night.
DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said the utility company 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 that night. To help with repairs, DTE has recalled 100 linemen who were sent to Ohio to help with repairs after storms there last week.
Meanwhile, the power outages are creating dangerous conditions for those who can't find relief from the heat.
The National Weather Service in Pontiac is predicting a high temperature of 101 and heat indices of 106 degrees or higher Friday, prompting the weather service to issue an excessive heat warning for southeast Michigan, which remains in effect for Troy and surrounding areas until 9 p.m. Friday. An air quality alert is also in effect for southeast Michigan through Friday.
Troy residents who are without power are invited to use the Troy Community as a cooling center during its hours of operation. Don't forget to check out these hot-weather safety tips and learn about what you can do to keep your pets safe in such hot weather.