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Three days after winds knocked out power in southeast Michigan, plunging almost 400,000 customers into the dark, by 11 a.m. Monday there were about 12,000Michiganians without power statewide.

DTE Energy said Monday morning that 96percent of customers who lost power had it restored; the remaining 12,000 customers, it said, were expected to have power back on by the end of the day Monday, days after winds nearing 60 mph downed trees and wires, with one death reported. The number dropped from 15,000 early Monday morning.

Consumers Energy reported Monday morning only 24 customers remained without power. 

Nearly 400,000 lost power Friday as high winds whipped through the region, knocking down trees, limbs and utility wires.

Sunday’s storms produced lightning, isolated flooding and a few reports of hail, but weren’t strong enough to cause major damage and didn’t halt efforts to restore outages, the utility said. 

“The storms were fast moving and did not impede progress at all,” said DTE spokesman Eric Younan. 

Local communities on Sunday saw some street flooding Sunday, including in Dearborn and Allen Park at Outer Drive and Interstate 94. Police said about 4 p.m., the rains backed up sewers and four cars had to be towed out of the area. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Manion said the latest round of storms produced no considerable wind damage. Sunday’s thunderstorm, unlike on Friday, where winds wreaked havoc in neighborhoods, saw a high of 40 mph winds and less than an inch of rain. Grosse Ile Municipal Airport saw the most rain, a little less than three-fourths of an inch, Manion said.

Nickel-size hail was reported in Farmington and half-inch size hail in Lenawee County, he said. 

Out-of-state crews were aiding in the restoration effort, and some 1,300 employees were working to restore service and repair damage.

 

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