4K in Michigan without power after pounding by Saturday storm

Neal Rubin
The Detroit News

About 4,200 Michigan homes are still without power Monday morning after gusty winds and heavy rain Saturday pummeled the state.

DTE Energy officials said Monday about 3,899 customers remained without power, the result of a Saturday storm with winds that topped 50 mph in some areas. That was down from about 7,000 Sunday night. At one time, the company said about 29,000 of its customers were in the dark.

Consumers Energy had 302 of its customers were still without power Monday, down from about 988 Sunday night. It had about 9,000 customers without electrical service in the storm's aftermath.

DTE spokesman John Fossen said Sunday the blackouts were scattered, though most were in Metro Detroit, including  Downriver communities, Canton Township, Ann Arbor, Detroit and as far north as Farmington Hills.

Consumers Energy spokeswoman Debra Dodd said Sunday its outages were scattered mostly from Lansing to the state line, with some issues in the Grand Rapids area and to the north near Cadillac.               

Trent Frey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said Sunday the Saturday storm was caused by a low pressure system merging with a tropical system from the Gulf of Mexico.

The rain "was heaviest in evening and scattered through the rest of the overnight," Frey said. "We did have a line of gusty showers come through this morning."

Wind gusts measured 58 mph at Metro airport and 51 mph at Willow Run, Frey said. Other stations averaged about 40 mph. Most stations measured between one and two inches of rain, with Plymouth at 1.48 inches and Brighton at 1.6 inches, he said.

Monday was expected to be "much less active," with predominant sunshine and highs in the lower 60s with light winds, said the weather service.

Clouds will likely move back in for Tuesday, with highs again in the lower 60s.