“DTE teams are working around the clock to restore power after heavy rain and tornadoes ripped through southeast Michigan on Saturday,” the utility said.
Crews were assessing damage and making repairs after the storm brought down more than 1,200 wires, according to DTE.
‘Unlike anything we had ever seen’
On Sunday, the affiliate spoke with Clayton Township resident Brian Barrie as he cleaning up damage in his community.
Before the storm hit, Barrie had planned to go to a soccer game with his son but then saw the approaching storm, the affiliate reported.
“I noticed all sorts of debris swirling up in the air. Pieces of houses and trees, and what not so we knew that was bad, and we made a beeline for the basement,” Barrie told WEYI.
Barrie saw widespread damage, debris and fallen branches after the storm passed, with his neighbors suffering significant damage to their properties, the affiliate reported.
“Their damage was much worse than ours,” Barrie told the affiliate. “But then again, I’m thankful that everyone came through this alright because I think the outcome could’ve been much worse.”