- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A utility warned Saturday it could take a few more days before electricity is restored to thousands of people who lost power in southeastern Michigan when a storm with 75 mph winds snapped lines and trees and forced high school football players to scramble for shelter.

A horse struck by lightning was killed near Port Huron, and Warren police reported the death of a suburban Detroit man who was electrocuted in his yard Friday night.

DTE Energy said 312,000 customers still had no electricity by late Saturday afternoon - down from a peak of 375,000 - with more than half of them in Wayne County, followed by 65,000 in Oakland County and 28,000 each in Macomb and Washtenaw counties.

Full restoration from the “incredible storm” will take “several days, at least into next week,” although the majority of outages could be fixed by Monday night, DTE spokesman Scott Simons said.

More than 2,000 power lines fell. Out-of-state crews from as far as New York and Tennessee were traveling to help.



“We ask for our customers’ patience,” Simons said.

Many high school football games that were stopped by lightning Friday resumed Saturday at fields across southern Michigan. A golf tournament planned Monday for the state’s best senior players was postponed for a week after 30 trees were damaged at Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club in suburban Detroit.

Judy Czerkis of Grosse Pointe Woods said a tree crashed through her front door.

“It sounded like a truck had hit my house. … My neighbors on the corner and myself, we took the brunt of it,” Czerkis said of the storm. “There is no damage on the other side of the street. Almost like with a tornado when it hops.”

In western Michigan, Consumers Energy said just over 17,000 customers were in the dark late Saturday, down from a peak of 77,000. Kalamazoo County was hit the hardest with 18,235 customers still without electricity.

“I know my trees,” said Marti Nuyen, surveying her Kalamazoo yard. “Some of these limbs, I have no idea where they come from. That’s a powerful storm.”

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