33k DTE Energy customers without power – The News Herald

File photo as the sun sets during a heat wave. (Stephen Frye / MediaNews Group)

As the heat wave persists in southeastern Michigan, more than 40,000 DTE Energy customers are starting the day in the dark and without air conditioning and fans.

The outages came after Wednesday night’s storms that moved throughout the region, bringing intense rains along wit plenty of lightning and thunder.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 40,842 outages were reported, scattered throughout the area, according to DTE Energy. Just before 11 a.m., it was up to 41,133 homes and businesses.

By noon, the number of customers without electricity was steadily declining, down to just under 38,000, and then at 12:30 p.m., it was just above 36,000 before dipping to 33,000 by 2 p.m.

While the area was in the high 70s at this point in the mid-morning, the high on Thursday was expected to reach into the upper 80s, according to accuweather.com.

But by 2 p.m., temperatures had crept up into the 90s with a thunderstorm developing over northeastern Oakland County and moving eastward into Macomb County.

“Very warm and humid with sunshine and some clouds; an afternoon thunderstorm; gusty winds and small hail can accompany any downpour,” accuweather reported. “Tonight: Partly cloudy and humid; little relief from the heat.”

The ongoing heat advisory is set to end at 10 p.m. Thursday.

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