Gusty winds left thousands without power

The Detroit News

Gusty winds coupled with daylong rain in southeast Michigan on Saturday has left thousands without power.

DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said at 7 p.m. that 60, 000 customers were without power and the outages are weather related.

"The (outage) numbers are still growing," Simons said, "but (crews are) working on it.

More than 3,000 Consumers Energy customers where without power in three counties in southeast Michigan. In Monore County, 3, 313 customers out of 26,592 had no power, in Lenawee County, 291 out of 42, 207 and in Jackson, 40 out of 76, 324.

Dennis McKee, spokesman for Consumers Energy said the outages are weather related.

Dan Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said winds were gusting between 35 to 45 miles per hour.

"With wet trees and wet grounds that allowed trees to come down a little easier," onto power lines, Thompson said on Saturday night.

Many customers reported being in the dark for hours Saturday on the Detroit News' Facebook page.

"Out 12 hours in Livonia so far," commented Betsy Duncan Myers.

"Dearborn Heights... and it's been a while with no end in sight," said Angela Berner, who added a sad face emoji to her comment.

Those reporting outages live in communities that include Royal Oak, Roseville, northeast Rochester, Waterford, Lambertville, Waterford and Saint Clair Shores.

Some reported their power had been restored.

"Not anymore, just 45 min though...Quick turnaround by DTE!" said Alex Sanchez of Brighton.

The rain that soaked the region is expected to taper off overnightbut the overall rainfall is higher than the average so far this month, according to the National Weather Service.

Thompson, the NWS meteorologist, w said the half inch to an inch and a half amount of rain that's fallen will fade around midnight. So far this month, Metro Detroit is 2 inches above average for rainfall.

The rain forced the cancellation of the Tigers-White Sox game. The make-up date is Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. It will be part of a split doubleheader at the start of what was scheduled to be a three-game series with the White Sox. The weather also kept most enthusiast away for the 16th annual Cruisin' Downriver.

On Sunday, Thompson said the forecast is expected to be cloudy early in the day with lingering showers. Temperatures will be highs in the mid 70s and a "little bit of a clearing trend by the afternoon."

For Monday's morning commute,Thompson said the weather should be clear butshowers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon hours. Highs should be in the mid 70s, he said.