Thousands without power as Metro Detroiters head into Fourth
The National Weather Service forecasts a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Wednesday after a night of severe weather dumped hail, felled trees and knocked out power to thousands of energy customers.
More than 17,000 outages out of the 77,000 first reported following the Tuesday storm remained Wednesday evening. The utility was expected to restore power to most of those customers before midnight.
The overnight low is expected to hover around 70.
More storms are possible on the Fourth, when the thermometer could reach 90, several degrees above average for early July, according to the National Weather Service.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely again Friday as temperatures climb into the low 90s. Saturday has a 50% chance of storms, with highs in the upper 80s expected.
"We're just stuck in this pattern," said Andrew Arnold, a meteorologist with the weather service station in White Lake Township. "We have high pressure to our south and it’s holding warm, moist air over us."
DTE Energy reported the storms snapped about 400 power lines, sparking more than 77,000 outages across the region, including large clusters near Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Warren, Sterling Heights and Utica.
"DTE crews will continue to work 16-hour shifts around the clock — throughout the holiday if needed — until all customers affected by storm-related outages have been restored," the company said on Twitter.
The first major storms of the month followed a slightly drier June.
Weather service records show 2.86 inches of rain fell last month, down from the monthly average of 3.52. That's about as much rain as Detroit averages in March (2.28), and less than what fell in March (2.46). Only three days, June 1, 20 and 28, had more than a half-inch of rain.
June on average is the third-hottest month in Detroit, at 79.3 degrees, but at no point were record-setting highs or lows reached last month.
July is the hottest month in Detroit, averaging 83.4 at the high end and 63.9 at the low, and sees about 3.37 inches of rain on average.