16K in Metro area without power after storms

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Raindrops fall in a puddle of rain water along Congress Street in downtown Detroit.

About 16,000 DTE Energy customers are still without power after high winds, hail and storms rolled through Metro Detroit Thursday, company officials said Friday.

Most of the customers are located in the Ann Arbor and western Wayne County areas, said Renee McClelland, a company spokeswoman.

More than 100 downed power lines were reported Thursday and about 49,000 of the electric company's customers were affect, officials said.

It's not clear when the remaining customers were have their power restored but crews continue to make repairs, according to McClelland.

The weather service said a 60 mph gust was measured Thursday afternoon at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport and a trained spotter estimated a gust at least that strong in the city of Riverview, the Associated Press reported.

An emergency manager measured 1-inch hail south of Ann Arbor, the weather service said.

Outages appeared to be centered in the Belleville area in western Wayne County and spread throughout Pittsfield Township, the Ypsilanti area, Ann Arbor and Lodi Township in Washtenaw County, according to a DTE power outage map.

In Monroe County, central dispatch reported trees down throughout the county,  with the most around the village of Carleton, the AP said.

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with isolated to scattered showers. A high near 78, a few degrees below normal, the weather service said, and a low of 61 is expected.