Update: Power Still Spotty for Ferndale Residents
1,241 DTE customers in Ferndale were without power as of Saturday evening.
Update 9 p.m.: There were about 1,241 DTE customers in Ferndale without power as of Saturday evening, according to a DTE outage map.
The Kulick Center will be open as a cooling center overnight however will close at 9 a.m. Sunday, unless there is a further need.
10:45 a.m. Saturday: The DTE outage map showed 1,800 customers in Ferndale still without power on Saturday morning.
The Kulick Center is open as a cooling center all day and night today, however will close at 9 a.m. Sunday unless a further need is determined.
The total number of Ferndale DTE customers without power was at 1,780 late Friday night, with some residents getting their power back while others reported their power going out for the first time since Wednesday's storms.
Estimated restoration times were not yet available late Friday, however DTE had reported that power should be restored in most areas by Friday night with the remainder of customers restored by Saturday night.
The Kulick Center continues to be open as an official cooling center.
The number of Ferndale customers affected fluctuated throughout Friday afternoon and evening, going down to less than 1,000 earlier in the day and later growing to more than 2,000.
8:20 p.m. Friday: While power was restored to more than 700 DTE customers in Ferndale by Friday evening, some residents were reporting that they lost power for the first time since the outages started.
According to the DTE power outage map, 1,736 customers in Ferndale are currently without power, including a large area of Northwest Ferndale that was not previously included in the outage.
4:45 p.m.: The number of DTE customers in Ferndale without power grew to 2,449 on Friday afternoon (up from 2,068 earlier today), but according to DTE most residents should have power by tonight.
"Ninety percent who've been affected will have power restored tonight," DTE spokesman Len Singer said Friday afternoon. "The majority of the remainder will be restored by Saturday night."
Approximately 75,000 customers in southeast Michigan are still without power. Starting with Tuesday's storms, 325,000 have lost power.
"So, we've restored 250,000 of those 325,000," Singer said.
However, Singer warned, there likely will be some individual exceptions.
"Oakland County was probably the hardest hit of the areas we serve."
35,000 customers are currently without power in Oakland County.
9 a.m.:DTE's outage map showed the number of customers in Ferndale without power down slightly to 2,068 as of Friday morning.
On Thursday, the number of DTE customers in Ferndale without power had grown to 2,933, but some residents and businesses were beginning to report their power had returned by late in the evening.
"College St is back on! Crossing my fingers that it stays on!" Patch reader Jennifer Jeffery wrote on Ferndale Patch's Facebook page Thursday night.
A DTE spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon that the southeast Michigan region won't be entirely "back to normal" until late Saturday night - assuming no further severe weather.
The National Weather Service has forecast a chance of thunderstorms on Friday evening and Saturday for Ferndale.
While Ferndale city officials made the call to close the Kulick Community Center - set up as an official cooling center - on Thursday night due to improved conditions, the center will be open from 8 a.m. Friday and remain open as long as there is a need. Cots, blankets and water bottles will be available.
"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 Thursday 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.
DTE has recalled 100 linemen who were sent to Ohio to help with repairs after storms there last week.
"We've got more than 1,000 power lines down," in southeast Michigan, she said. "It's a big job ahead of us."
Ferndale Fire Marshal Brian Batten said there were still several downed wires in the city and said residents should remember these are charged and extremely dangerous. In areas where traffic signals are without power, these should be treated like a four-way stop, he said.
"We just want everybody to be very cautious out there," he said.
Ferndale Recreation Director Jill Manchik said with temperatures expected to reach the 90s or higher, she expects residents will take advantage of the Kulick Center for cooling today.
"We're ready," she said Thursday.
Though the library has restored power, it is expected to remain closed on Friday to allow staff to get the building ready for regular Saturday hours.
For more information on the cooling center, call the Kulick Center at 248-544-6767. View the outage map here.