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18,000 of 174,000 affected homes, businesses without power after southeastern Michigan storms

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DETROIT — DTE Energy Co. says about 18,000 homes and businesses remain without power two days after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan, knocking out service to 174,000 utility customers.

Tuesday's storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines.

PHOTO: A Michigan Department of Transportation worker clears the drain in the westbound lanes of Interstate 94, near the Lodge exit lanes Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, near Detroit following a thunderstorm that past through Southeast Michigan. The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez)
A Michigan Department of Transportation worker clears the drain in the westbound lanes of Interstate 94, near the Lodge exit lanes Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, near Detroit following a thunderstorm that past through Southeast Michigan. The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez)

DTE says about 18,000 of its 165,000 affected customers remain powerless late Thursday morning, the majority in Wayne County. It says mature trees knocked down some major power lines, slowing the restoration process.

DTE says its crews are working 16-hour shifts to restore service. It says additional crews from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are assisting. It says the "vast majority" of those still affected will be back on line by late Thursday.

CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says it has restored power to 9,000 affected customers.

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PHOTO: A Michigan Department of Transportation worker clears the drain in the westbound lanes of Interstate 94, near the Lodge exit lanes Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, near Detroit following a thunderstorm that past through Southeast Michigan. The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez)
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