For most parts of the outage in MetroDetroit outages (outside of Detroit), you’re still going to have problems connecting to the grid . . . but those with power connections throughout the region are on edge. So much so that at 11 a.m. Saturday, more than 1,500 outages across the region were affecting the transmission of power in the southern and southeastern regions of the state. That’s a major issue for Michigan, where some regions are seeing more than 7,500 outages at this point. There’s still no word on how bad the damage might be , but more than 3,000 households have lost power and over 7,000 customers are without power. Most areas are seeing outages of at least 4 hours or more.
The big story today was all the outages in the northern sections of the state, especially in northern Michigan . Last month, there were 609 outages across Michigan which were connected to the grid that was the most ever in the state. As of about 11 a.m. Saturday, the total number of outages in the state has surpassed that 3 times. That’s nearly double the number of outages in the same time frame a year ago. Even in many smaller metro areas in the northeastern corner of the peninsula, over 700 were affected yesterday alone. So while this is hardly a major disaster that affects the entire state, it is making Michigan residents, especially those living in northern sections, nervous. In a conversation with someone at a restaurant in Flint on Friday, someone asked me to keep an eye out for power outages because it’s pretty much everyone’s biggest concern right now.
Just this Friday morning, when about 600 people in the rural area of the lower Detroit suburbs had electricity out , I was thinking that I might think twice before heading out for dinner or a movie. That’s because with the majority of the power being gone in that area, there have been reports of a lot of people being unable to charge vehicles. We might not know for a week or so how many people in Flint are without power, but I’d estimate that fewer than 200 are without the lights. And that number would be down to about 60 without the power for long stretches.
If this entire power outage is not just a problem for people that haven’t made it through yesterday, I suspect it will be affecting at least 5 percent of the population that’s living in that area. How much of a problem could that be ?