National Weather Service: Tornado touchdown in Taylor
A thunderstorm that swept through southeast Michigan produced a band that dumped rain from Monroe to Dearborn onWednesday morning and a small tornado touched ground in Taylor, weather officials said.
The tornado, which lasted about two minutes, hit at 12:44 a.m., the National Weather Service said Wednesday. The brief tornado, traveling 80 miles per hour, traveled directly overhead of the Southland Center mall and caused damage to three buildings including signage, roof and air conditioning units.
About 2-3 inches of rain was deposited during the storm overnight.
Strong rains, and possibly thunderstorms, are expected to return Wednesday afternoon, said Steve Considine, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Wednesday's high will be about 80 degrees.
The tornado warning issued for parts of the region including the Downriver and Dearborn areas and a severe thunderstorm warning expired early Wednesday, weather forecasters said.
Dearborn, Taylor and Romulus got the worst of the rain overnight, while Taylor, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights experienced street flooding, Considine said.
Wednesday morning DTE Energy said 27,000 homes and businesses are without power, but that most should see the lights come back on by the end of the day.
A trained weather spotter in Lincoln Park reported winds of 60 mph, weather service reports indicated. Flooding was reported in Taylor, where a spotter noted a couple of feet of water at Telegraph and Eureka roads Wednesday morning.
Wednesday: Cloudy; high of 80, low of 65 with showers
Thursday: Partly sunny; high of 83, low of 66
Friday: Sunny with some clouds; high of 85, low of 67
Saturday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid; high of 88, low of 70
Sunday: Sunny with possible afternoon thunderstorms; high of 88