July 27, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Storms knock out power to more than 200,000 in Michigan

Thunderstorms with driving rains and high winds blew through Michigan on Sunday, knocking out power for more than 200,000 and flooding roads.

A series of storms brought winds that reached up to 50 miles an hour in some places as well as golf-ball-size hail in at least one other. The storms also flooded roadways, ripped down branches and uprooted some trees. Storms also snarled air travel to and from Detroit Metro Airport.

The storms followed hot, humid weather that saw temperatures reaching as high as 87 in Detroit. Monday’s temperatures could reach the low 70s with a chance of more rain in the morning.

One storm ripped the roof off a barn near Chesaning in Saginaw County, according to the National Weather Service. Hail also damaged 80 percent of the units at a mobile home park in Highland Township in Oakland County.

DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said Sunday storms had left 180,000 of its customers without power.

In the meantime, he said, the company’s crews are working to make repairs.

Power outages were concentrated in the communities in the corridor between Interstate 696 and M-59 in Oakland and Macomb counties, according to DTE.

CMS Energy Corp., the state’s other power provider, reports the storms left about 30,000 of its customers in the dark.

The National Weather Service also cautioned the storm’s torrential rains could cause flash flooding. Detroit City Airport saw 1.3 inches of rain; White Lake received 1.1 inches.

By 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the Michigan Department of Transportation reported flood hazards on a number of expressways, including eastbound I-696 at Interstate 75, both northbound and southbound I-75 at I-696 and southbound I-75 after Dixie Highway.

The storms also forced Detroit Metro Airport to cancel at least nine departing flights and delay dozens more Sunday evening.

Arrivals for 10 other flights were canceled and at lease 15 were delayed, according to the Flightstats website.

Mike Conway, a spokesman for Metro Airport, said there have been issues with flights in and out of Chicago, and that has spilled over to Detroit.

Earlier Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning and later a watch for most of southeast Michigan.

Also, a severe thunderstorm warning had been in effect for southern Washtenaw County, which includes Pittsfield Township, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Willis and Whittaker.

Both came on the heels of severe thunderstorm warnings for Oakland and Wayne counties.

A flood advisory remained in effect late Sunday for mid-Michigan counties, with warnings of runoff from the rainfall causing minor flooding.

Locally, an urban and small stream flood advisory also was issued for northeastern Wayne, Macomb and eastern Oakland counties, which received more than 1 inch of rainfall from the storm, according to the weather service.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.