Downtown Detroit was struck by a massive power outage on Tuesday morning as officials reported the entire first precinct was without electricity on a chilly day.
As of 12:30 p.m., more than 100 customers were still without power according to DTE Energy. Outages were reported across government and municipal buildings as well as area schools. A cable failure is expected to be the cause.
In a press conference shortly after 2 p.m., Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said power has been restored to one third of customers. DTE officials said 70 percent will be restored within the next two hours.
Transition of Public Lighting Dept. to @DTE_Energy is a four year process, in early phases of it says Mayor Duggan. #DetroitPowerOutage— Mayor Mike Duggan (@MayorMikeDuggan) December 2, 2014
The Detroit Free Press reported that all fire stations in the metro area were without power but were still able to receive landline calls.
All Detroit Public Schools were dismissed early due to the outage. Nearby Wayne State University also reported some buildings being affected by the outage. Classes at the main campus continued as normal until 12:45 p.m. when the university issued an alert canceling the remainder of classes and activities for the day.
Several government buildings had to be evacuated, and workers were left waiting outside of buildings and along sidewalks. With air temperatures in the upper 20s to mid-30s, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures are closer to the 20s according to AccuWeather Senior Vice President and Meteorologist Dr. Joe Sobel.
If the problem persists past sundown, temperatures will drop but no adverse weather is expected.
Sobel said there is a small chance of a freezing drizzle, but snow or rain will not make a presence to disrupt any recovery work.
Mild winds of 10-15 mph could linger into the evening, but nothing strong enough to interfere with any line restoration according to Sobel.
This is what evacuating 900 student visitors looks like! #DetroitPowerOutage pic.twitter.com/tCjhh7FV8c— Detroit Inst of Arts (@DIADetroit) December 2, 2014
Evacuations happening throughout downtown due to a massive power outage #Detroit #Local4 pic.twitter.com/xCNbefgCXf— Jamal Bransford (@VideoManJamal) December 2, 2014