Thousands in dark after storms sweep through Metro Detroit; clear days ahead

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Storms that swept through Metro Detroit on Tuesday, knocking down trees and producing thousands of power outages, are exiting the region, leaving a calmer night and several sunny days.

Before the storms crossed the region Tuesday, Detroit Metro Airport reached a high of 88.

Within hours, severe weather raced through much of southeast Michigan, sparking multiple severe thunderstorm warnings.



The weather service reported 60 mph winds and pea-size hail in Oxford and trees down in Auburn Hills as well as Attica Township. In Canton Township, trees and large limbs were reported down. Toppled trees and hail also were reported in Chelsea.

Some parts of Wayne, Lapeer and Oakland counties saw as much as an inch of rain, Freitag said.

DTE Energy reported nearly 47,000  outages on its website at 11 p.m., with large clusters near Farmington and Farmington Hills, North Branch in Lapeer County and Lake Orion in Oakland.

Consumers Energy reported nearly 1,600 customers without power, mostly between Flint and Lansing.

Mostly cloudy conditions were expected overnight as temperatures drop into the 60s, said Steve Freitag, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Highs Wednesday should reach the upper 70s, which is several degrees below normal this time of year, weather service records show.

The mercury is forecast to rise into the low 80s on Thursday.