13K still without power as work week begins
Detroit — In the wake of a brief round of storms that blew through southeast Michigan on Sunday, some 13,000 DTE Energy customers remain without power as the work week begins.
Storm reports include wind damage in Monroe and downed trees and wires in Flat Rock.
Initially about 39,000 people were left without power: 30,000 DTE Energy customers and 9,000 Consumers Energy users. The second wave of the storm knocked out power for another 7,000 customers.
DTE expects all power to be restored by 6:30 p.m., said spokeswoman Renee McClelland.
A broken line of strong to severe thunderstorms moving east through the region from Washtenaw to Oakland County was reported by the National Weather Service at about 9 p.m.
The severe weather affected Detroit and Wayne County, along with Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Monroe and Livingston counties.
DTE anticipated most of its customers without power to see lights back on by 11:30 p.m. Sunday The rest of the outages from the second wave of storms were expected to be restored by 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Consumers Energy projected that southeast Michigan customers would have power restored by late Monday morning. In Muskegon County, customers could see restoration by 6 a.m. Monday.
"The storm activity could create some new outages, but everyone out from earlier in the day should be back except for the Muskegon (County) area," Morgenstern said.
Kyle Klein, a National Weather Service meteorologist, expected that most of the region would see between a quarter-inch and half-inch of rain if the storms hit. Rain totals from the storms were not available on the weather service's website late Sunday. Earlier reports showed the area of the Wayne-Monroe county line already had an inch of rain, he said Sunday afternoon.
The rainfall started in the Wisconsin/Illinois area then hit the west side of Michigan, but "fizzled quite a bit" before reaching the southeast portion of the state.
Monday is expected to be mostly dry, with lingering rain showers into Monday for the areas under alert Sunday. But there's only about a 20% to 30% chance of rain to start the workweek, Klein said.
Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-80s Monday and take a turn toward the 90s by midweek, before cooling again going into next weekend.