High winds to diminish overnight; cooler air ahead
The wild winds that whipped across southeast Michigan on Thursday are expected to die down overnight, followed by cooler weather.
After wind gusts reaching 35-45 mph in areas north of Metro Detroit, causing scattered power outages throughout the state, winds are expected to drop to 10 mph or less tonight, the National Weather Service said.
By Thursday night, 609 DTE Energy customers, scattered throughout Metro Detroit, remained without power as 73 crews worked to restore their electricity. Consumers Energy reported 171 outages with 4,063 people affected by 10 p.m. Outages occured near Grand Rapids, Midland and further north.
A gale warning was in effect for Lake Huron through 10 p.m. Thursday evening and small craft advisories for Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair were set to expire at 7 p.m.
"The winds are going to subside here by later this afternoon, early evening," said Sara Schultz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "If you have patio furniture and stuff that can easily blow around that can become an issue."
Hazardous weather is not expected for Metro Detroit, the weather service said.
Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Monroe, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair and Livingston counties have a slight chance of thunderstorms.
After topping out near 70 across the region Thursday, temperatures are set to fall into the 30s overnight.
Friday's forecast calls for sunny skies and highs in the low 50s.
Saturday and Sunday should see highs in the upper 40s.
Detroit News Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed