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Updated: West Bloomfield Residents Avoid Major Outages as Sandy Heads West

Power expected to return Tuesday night for most DTE Energy customers in the Greater West Bloomfield area left in the dark.

Updated: 8:42 p.m., with most recent power outage numbers

Gusting winds and rain whipped Greater West Bloomfield area residents overnight into Tuesday morning, but residents avoided major outages as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy spun westward.

A group of over 325 customers near the intersection of Walnut Lake Road and Haggerty Road were without power beginning Monday night into Tuesday with an estimated restoration time of late Tuesday night. Another group of over 1,000 customers north of Commerce Road, west of Hiller Road had power out on Monday, returned on Tuesday.

A group of almost 175 customers in Sylvan Lake remained without power after it was knocked out on Monday night. There is no estimated time of restoration for those costumers.

Two traffic lights in West Bloomfield were not working on Tuesday — one at the intersection of Maple and Middlebelt roads and another at the intersection of Hiller and Greer roads. A wind advisory was in effect through 1 p.m. Tuesday, while gusts blew throughout the day.

While other southeast Michigan communities such as Rochester Hills and Oakland Township experienced significant power outages as the storm moved through, no customers lost power in Huntington Woods and only 25 in Berkley were without service Tuesday morning, according to DTE's outage map.

The utility said Monday that it anticipated outages if southeast Michigan experienced wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, as the National Weather Service forecast, as the far reaches of Hurricane Sandy lashed the area. The so-called "Frankenstorm" made landfall Monday on the East Coast, leaving massive destruction, millions without power and at least 16 deaths in its wake, according to cnn.com.

In West Bloomfield, showers, gusting winds and high temperatures in the mid-40s are expected to continue through Halloween on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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