Metro Detroit storm dropped large hail, felled trees
About 2,000 DTE Energy customers were without electricity late Wednesday after thunderstorms pelted the region with hail and toppled trees.
Scott Simons, a DTE spokesman, said work crews had restored power to all but about 2,000 customers scattered across Metro Detroit as of 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. Earlier in the day, as many as 13,000 customers were without electricity.
Wednesday's storms also knocked over trees, including a large one that pulled down power lines on Ryan Road in Shelby Township. Officials in the northern Macomb County community said they closed the road between Auburn and West Utica and advise motorists to avoid the area until Thursday morning.
Severe thunderstorms moved through southern Livingston County, northern Washtenaw County and southern Oakland County, said Rachel Kulik, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
"There were some strong winds and reports of some trees down in Oakland County," she said. "In Livingston there was a report of hail up an inch and a half."
Metro Detroit is expected to get a break from heavy rain and thunderstorms for the next day or so. It's likely rain won't return until Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
"Tomorrow will be nice dry, mostly sunny," Kulik said.
Thursday should offer a brief break from rain showers, according to the weather service. The high Thursday will be about 81 degrees.
There could be rain and thunderstorms Friday. Summertime temperatures are expected to last through Friday before it cools down in time for the weekend.
Temperatures should peak Friday at close to 87 degrees, but it is expected to drastically cool off into the weekend.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Friday: Chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Friday night: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Saturday night: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-60s.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.