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The Detroit News

DTE Energy is working to restore power to about 22,000 customers in southeast Michigan after storms rolled through the region Friday evening.

Many of the outages were across St. Clair and Macomb counties, spokeswoman Randi Berris said. Large clusters were reported between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. around Lake Orion as well as Shelby, Macomb and Chesterfield townships, according to the utility’s website.

Some customers could have their power restored by 11 p.m., but crews were still assessing the damage and plan to work through the night, Berris said.

“We’re calling in extra DTE crews to assist with the restoration,” she said. “We want to get them all back on.”

The evening storms were strong enough to bring 40 mph winds, Berris said, as well as snap tree limbs in Algonac and St. Clair Shores, according to the National Weather Service website.

To report downed electrical lines, DTE customers are asked to call (800) 477-4747.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Lenawee County until 10:45 p.m., the weather service said.

More showers are possible through midnight, “but the most severe storms have already gone through,” weather service meteorologist Rachel Kulik said. “Overnight: just some rain showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, but nothing severe.”

The weather service forecasts temperatures dropping only into the lower 70s before rising to the upper 80s Saturday, when there’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

The hot conditions continue Sunday, which is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 89, according to the weather service.