Storms leave Metro Detroit; streets flood briefly on Detroit's north side

Thunderstorms that swept through the region again Thursday and produced minor flooding in parts of Metro Detroit have ended, ushering in a cooler, drier pattern to start the weekend.

An urban and small stream flood advisory the National Weather Service issued for northeastern Wayne County has ended.

The storms have pushed east, leaving mostly cloudy skies overnight with a low around 60 and a north wind under 10 mph. 

"A cold front has just moved through Metro Detroit within the last couple hours and we’ll see a notable drop in the humidity during the course of the night," said Steve Considine, a meteorologist with the NWS station in White Lake Township.

Friday and Saturday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s, or about five degrees below average for early July, according to the weather service.

The next chance for showers arrives Sunday. 

"It's going to be a lot more comfortable the next couple of days," Considine said.

The mercury climbed near 80 on Thursday as storms crossed the region, prompting the weather service to issue a urban and small stream flood advisory for northeastern Wayne County.

The weather service had reports of minor street flooding near northeast Detroit, Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods, Considine said. 

A northeast Detroit neighborhood was flooded after Thursday's storm

It added to a beleaguered area hit during late June flooding and another round of strong storms this week.

Janet Anderson, who lives on Detroit's northeast side near Hillcrest and Frankfort, said the rain poured for about 20 minutes, right after she finished replacing a dryer and had a contractor sanitize her basement after the flooding last month.

The rain suddenly swelled enough to flood her street, and the water remained high more than five hours later, she said.

"I never thought of this as a flood plain," she said. "Now I feel like I have waterfront property."

Strong winds also damaged power equipment near the intersection of Moross and Beaconsfield in Harper Woods, the National Weather Service reported..

"We've been in an active weather pattern for the past couple of weeks that has allowed several low pressure systems and frontal boundaries to move through," the National Weather Service said. 

For Thursday, storms and showers are again possible in southeast Michigan.

Wednesday storms left, at their peak, more than 136,000 without power as heavy rains, hail and strong winds moved through the area.

Straight-line winds roaring Wednesday with gusts near 60 mph also were reported in parts of Oakland and Macomb counties, the weather service said.

A large tree blown over after high winds on Recreation Street in St. Clair Shores, Mich. on July 7, 2021.

At one point Thursday evening, more than 92,100 DTE Energy customers were without power. Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi and sections of Walled Lake reported clusters of outages.

The number fell to around 68,000 by 9 p.m., according to the utility.

Consumer's Energy reported more than 450 people were without power Thursday evening across the state.

The city of Farmington Hills has opened a relief center at the Costick Center located at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd for residents and nonresidents. The center will be open until 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday,  7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.  Call (248) 473-1800.

A large tree uprooted after high winds on Larkmoor Street in St. Clair Shores, Mich. on July 7, 2021.

The rain comes after low-lying areas throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties experienced severe flooding last weekend when Metro Detroit received over 7 inches of rain in 12 hours.

Eastbound Interstate 94 in Detroit was underwater for days as crews worked to pull vehicles from the flooded freeway, and the freeway remains closed to traffic as the Michigan Department of Transportation makes repairs.