Monday, July 9, 2012
DTE representative Scott Simons discusses the recent outages and explains how restoration is prioritized.
More than 2,500 DTE Energy customers in Ferndale were without power at one point last week after severe thunderstorms hit the area July 4. By Monday evening, the number of customers in the city still without power was down to 57. The storms affected more than 300,000 customers in southeast Michigan and caused more than 1,000 downed power lines. Service has now been restored to more than 98 percent of those who lost power. DTE officials have recognized problems with the system in Ferndale and recently provided a power update to City Council, detailing recent improvements to the system and their plans to build a new substation in the city to service new growth in the area and improve reliability. Ferndale City Manager April Lynch said on …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Check out these user-submitted photos from the severe thunderstorms that hit Ferndale on Wednesday evening, leaving more than 1,200 DTE customers without power.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The National Weather Service has since downgraded the storm, but a number of advisories remained in effect Tuesday for southeast Michigan.
Residents awoke to the sound of sirens Tuesday morning after Oakland County activated its alert system in response to a severe thunderstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service for southeast Michigan. The storm had the capacity to produce winds in excess of 70 mph, as well as quarter-size hail, the NWS said. The tornado siren system is activated whenever winds of 70 mph or greater could strike, according to Oakland County. The warning was canceled at 6:44 a.m. "The line of storms which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits and (is) no longer an immediate threat to life or property," the NWS said. "However, small hail, gusty winds and heavy rains are still possible." The region remains under a number of other NWS …
Monday, June 11, 2012
The storms could produce heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 50 m.p.h.
Scattered thunderstorms are likely today and this evening, according to a hazardous weather statement issued early Monday morning by the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac. The best chances for thunderstorms will be between 5 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday, though severe weather is not expected at this time, according to the weather service. The strongest storms, however, could produce wind gusts up to 50 m.p.h. as they move east at 25 m.p.h. The storms will also be able to produce locally heavy rainfall. For the latest Ferndale weather, news and information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, September 9, 2011
One resident saved the homemade, organic baby food but another lost a chance to spend time with his kids.
Ferndale residents Stevie and Catherine Michael make their own organic baby food from the yield of their garden. Broccoli, squash, zucchini and other vegetables are pulled, plucked and pureed, then put in jars and stored in the freezer for Louis, their 1 1/2-year-old son. So, on Saturday evening, when a massive storm blew through Ferndale, knocking down trees and power lines and cutting power to more than 7,000 DTE customers in Ferndale, Stevie–after making sure his family was safe–thought about the baby food. "That's months and months of work and organic baby food," he said. Luckily his neighbor across the street still had power. "He let us run an extension cord to our freezer to save the food," Stevie said. "He was being a good neighbor…