Power outages, downed trees in some Metro communities in wake of storm
After brief evening downpours that flooded area freeways, toppled trees and caused power outages, Metro Detroiters can expect somewhat calmer conditions overnight.
Through 8 a.m., “we just have a slight chance for additional pop-up showers,” said Rachel Kulik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to hover in the upper 60s.
More showers are predicted for Wednesday afternoon, but “it shouldn’t be as heavy as (Tuesday),” Kulik said.
As much as 1.5 inches of rain fell Tuesday evening in parts of eastern Macomb and western St. Clair counties, according to weather service radar estimates.
Other totals reported included about 0.76 inches in about two hours at the weather service station in White Lake Township and 1.25 inches in under three hours in Genesee County, Kulik said. Weather records show 1.09 inches drenched Farmington Hills in 45 minutes.
The storm toppled trees across Taylor, forcing crews to clear at least one roadway, and caused residents as well as the police department to lose power, Sgt. Nick Hill said. Officers there were using a generator while DTE Energy worked to restore electricity, he said.
By 11:30 p.m., DTE’s website reported at least 2,000 outages near Taylor, Allen Park and Ecorse as well as pockets of more than 500 near Belleville.
Earlier Tuesday night, freeways in Metro Detroit also experienced some flooding.
Eastbound Interstate 94 after Michigan Avenue and westbound I-94 at Wyoming were closed due to flooding, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The westbound Interstate 96 entrance from westbound Davison Freeway reopened Tuesday evening after about an hour closure due to flooding. The right lane of northbound I-75 at the Davison Freeway was also cleared after about an hour.
Elsewhere, the weather service said 3.6 inches of rain fell Tuesday in Barry County’s Irving Township, 50 miles west of Lansing, and reported a 44 mph gust in Kalamazoo.
The Associated Press contributed.