Around 7,000 remain without power following storms

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Power outages caused by high winds and thunderstorms storms rolling through Metro Detroit this week remained in effect Friday morning for 7,000 customers.

DTE crews have been restoring power to thousands since storms came through the area Wednesday and Thursday.

As of 3:30 p.m. Friday, DTE Energy reported the outage update for southeast Michigan and said crews are working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore service.

More severe weather is expected to roll through the DTE service territory again Friday afternoon, and could cause additional outages, DTE spokesperson Robin Thompson said.

Additional information is available through a DTE Power Outage Map.

The National Weather Service reports that more showers and thunderstorms are possible on Friday before 2 p.m. The forecast calls for cloudy skies, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Friday night there is a chance of showers between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. with a low around 55.

Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Severe thunderstorms that packed heavy rains and damaging winds spawned a suspected tornado in northern Michigan.

The National Weather Service says photos of the possible tornado were taken Thursday evening in Antrim County, near Elk Lake. No injuries were reported. A survey crew on Friday was to investigate storm damage.

The weather service had issued a tornado warning for Antrim County.

The Associated Press contributed.