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More storms ahead overnight, then clear weekend for Metro Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

 After storms brought strong winds, record-setting rainfall and power outages to southeast Michigan on Friday, residents can expect another chance for more severe weather overnight, then a clear weekend.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 5 a.m. as a front reaches the region, bringing the possibility of heavy downpours in some spots,  National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Freitag said.

After that, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 70s on Saturday and Sunday. Lows should dip into the 50s.

Similar conditions are on tap for Monday, when the mercury is expected to climb into the upper 70s.

"It's been hot and humid for the past couple of days, so it'll be noticeably cooler," Freitag said.

That's a contrast to Friday, when rounds of storms dropped heavy rain, causing flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings near Metro Detroit.

In just a few hours, Franklin and Bloomfield Hills saw 4 inches of rainfall, said meteorologist Kevin Kacan of the National Weather Service. Rochester saw two inches, Livonia got almost 2 inches, and City Airport in Detroit got about 1.5 inches.

By mid-afternoon, Detroit Metro Airport had notched 2.75 inches, topping the previous record rainfall for the date, 2.38 inches, set in 1932, the weather service reported.

Other totals included 3.9 inches in Ypsilanti, 3.7 in Whitmore Lake, 3.5 in Southgate, and 2.35 in Wixom, according to the weather service's website.

NWS also reported 1-inch hail in Genesee County before a severe thunderstorm warning expired there as well as 50-mph gusts and downed tree limbs in Washtenaw County.

In the storms' wake, the DTE Energy website reported more than 14,000 outages at 7 p.m., with large clusters near Belleville, Saline and Ypsilanti.

More than 300 crews were in the field late Friday "and will be working around the clock to restore customers as quickly and safely as possible," said Lisa Bolla, a utility spokeswoman.

Staff Writer James David Dickson contributed.