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Widespread storms brought flooding, high winds and thousands of power outages across Metro Detroit on Thursday night causing Michigan State Police to issue a state of emergency due to flooding.

As of Friday evening, about 15,000 DTE customers in southeast Michigan were still without power.

The downpours, totaling as much as an inch of rain in some spots, prompted the National Weather Service to issue an urban and small stream flood advisory for northeastern Wayne County through 11:45 p.m.

“Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots,” the notice read.

Trees were downed in Monroe County, and wind gusts up to 40 mph swept through St. Clair Shores, the service reported.

DTE Energy crews were working 16-hour shifts to restore power, DTE officials said in a release. There severe weather caused hundreds of tree limbs to snap and more than 300 power lines to fall. Of the 89,000 customers impacted, about 15,000 remained without power after 9 p.m. Friday.

Power was out for about 45 minutes at Detroit Metropolitan Airport's North Terminal early Friday. Spokeswoman Erica Donerson said Friday morning there were long lines in the TSA screening area and flight delays, but could not speak to how many. The airport tweeted at 5:14 a.m. power was restored to the North Terminal. The McNamara Terminal was not affected.

Most of the outages were concentrated in Monroe, Washtenaw and southern Wayne counties, the utility company said.

Dearborn Police Department has issued a flood advisory until 8 p.m. on Sunday and the urban and small stream flood advisory remains in effect for northeastern Wayne County. Locations that could experience flooding include Livonia, Taylor, Grosse Pointe, downtown Detroit, Detroit, Dearborn Heights, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Inkster, Hamtramck, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Grosse Pointe Park, Melvindale, Grosse Pointe Farms, River Rouge, Redford Township and northeast Detroit, according to the advisory.

Though the storm system was moving out of the region, "We are expecting some showers with a chance of thunderstorms," said Jordan Dale, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in White Lake Township.

Overnight temperatures into Saturday should hover in the 60s then rebound into the mid-70s.

"Sunday will be cooler than Saturday with showers during the afternoon and there is a chance of thunderstorms on both days," Dale said.

Customers may call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747 to report power outages or downed lines.

 

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