DTE power outage on 28 December 2008 takes down AT&T, iPhone wireless service

It was a dark and stormy night.  Suddenly, the power went out.

The biggest effect: 210,000 DTE customers all over SE Michigan went dark.  Here’s a piece of the map to give you an idea – click through for current map.

The best DTE site for updates seems to be mobile.dteenergy.com, as much as there is a “best”.

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The biggest side effect of this was an outage of the AT&T mobile network and as a result the iPhone network.  Redeye Chicago is doing ongoing coverage of the AT&T outage.  That writer is also on twittter – follow @iptib for details.  The story as it stands is that a power outage in “Bloomfield MI” (Bloomfield Hills?  Bloomfield Township?) took out some key equipment.

News coverage:

Ann Arbor Chronicle: DTE Outage Affects 3000 in Ann Arbor

Detroit Free Press: Winds cut power to 230,000; families try to stay warm

Click On Detroit (WDIV 4): 195,000 DTE Customers Without Power

Associated Press: High wind knocks out power to 413,000 in Michigan

Grand Rapids Press: County by county power outages due to high winds around Michigan


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