DTE: Storms knock out power to 5,000
A day after storms knocked out electricity to thousands of customers across southeast Michigan, another round has sparked more outages in the region.
DTE Energy reported at least 5,000 outages by Thursday night, according to the utility's online map.
Many were scattered across Oakland County. In Walled Lake, a tree was blown over onto a house and damaged a deck, and as much as 1.35 inches of rain fell in four hours in Waterford, the National Weather Service reported.
Earlier, there were some 5,500 area households and businesses still in the dark after thunderstorms and high winds rocked the region Wednesday, the company said Thursday afternoon. At one point Wednesday night, 34,000 customers were affected.
Crews were working in 16-hour shifts. Statewide, Consumers Energy had about 2,000 customers without power late Thursday, according to its website.
The storms were just the latest to strike southeast Michigan in 24 hours.
Wind gusts above 40 mph were reported in several communities Wednesday night, and rainfall ranged from a quarter-inch at Metro Airport to three-tenths of an inch in Pontiac to 1.14 inches at City Airport in Detroit. Downriver, rainfall totals of 1.78 inches in Wyandotte and 1.2 inches in Southgate were reported, said National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Manion.
More storms are possible to end the week.
There will be chance of rain or thunderstorms into Friday morning, and overnight lows will fall to the upper 60's.
By early Friday, a cold front moves through the area, which will dry things out late Friday into Saturday. Friday is expected to reach the upper 70's, and the cold front is expected to depress high temps at that level through Tuesday. Overnight lows on Friday will fall to the mid to upper 50's.