Heavy rains cause I-696, I-94 flooding

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Warren — Heavy rains caused flooding on some Detroit-area freeways, forcing officials to close portions of interstates 696 and 94.

I-696 was closed on both directions early Friday in Warren after rains left some motorists stranded. By 7:30 a.m., only I-696 eastbound near Mound and Van Dyke was closed.

Parts of I-94 were also closed but started to reopen, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. As of 7 a.m., I-94 at Moross Road, Allard and 10 Mile had reopened.

Some street flooding also was reported in suburban Detroit. Scattered power outages were being dealt with following thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service Friday afternoon issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. for many Michigan counties, including Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne.

On Thursday night, the Lansing State Journal reports Adado Riverfront Park was briefly evacuated as thunderstorms moved through during Tim McGraw’s Common Ground Music Festival. Officials say the crowd was welcomed back about 20 minutes later.

In the Midland area, storms knocked out power to about 10,000 utility customers. The Midland Daily News reports more than half got power back by early Friday.

In western Michigan, street flooding Thursday night hit the Grand Rapids area. A few thousand power outages were reported.