Thousands remain without power Tuesday
Around 14,000 DTE Energy customers in southeast Michigan remained without power Tuesday afternoon after Monday's storm, company officials said.
About 40,000 customers were affected by the storm, the company said Tuesday.
The customers were scattered across DTE Energy’s service territory and the company expected to have service restored to most of them by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Crews will continue to work around the clock to restore service to all affected customers.
Officials also said company employees were handing out more than 1,000 bags of ice to customers on Detroit's east side on Tuesday afternoon. Customers who need ice can also get ice at the Butzel Family Recreation Center on Kercheval.
As much as 1.51 inches of rain fell in Livingston County late Monday and Tuesday, while wind gusts as high as 68 mph were reported at the Peche Island lighthouse on the Detroit River, the National Weather Service reported.
Strong winds toppled trees at Belle Isle Park, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Grosse Pointe Public Library, according to the weather service.
Belle Isle Conservancy officials reported on the group's Facebook page that high winds blew down "hundreds" of trees on the island.
"Truly devastating, but luckily there's no reported bodily injuries," the post read.
DTE is warning customers to stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and anything they’re in contact with.
The severe weather was tied to a cold front pushing into the area and expected to stall, followed by another front to arrive Thursday, said Jordan Dale, a meteorologist with the weather station in White Lake Township.
He didn't expect those storms to be as strong as Monday's.
Staff Writers James David Dickson and Charles E. Ramirez contributed.