Flood watch in effect through Tuesday in SE Michigan

Hani Barghouthi
The Detroit News

The first round of rain has doused southeast Michigan, and heavier showers are expected overnight as a system crosses the region.

A flood watch remains in effect through early Tuesday for Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, the National Weather Service said.

"Storm total rainfall in the 1 to 2 inch range is likely with localized totals near 3 inches possible," according to the watch. "This rainfall could occur in a short period of time in thunderstorms, which would lead to flooding across parts of the area."

Projections initially called for as much to fall Monday evening, but much of the energy was focused near the Ohio border, said Kyle Klein, a meteorologist with the weather station in White Lake Township.

"We really haven’t had a whole lot of heavy rain," he said, adding the station had not received reports of flooding or wind damage.

DTE and Consumers Energy both reported few outages by Monday night. DTE reported around 1,000, and Consumers had 135.

With humid air lingering and storms moving across the Midwest, the greatest chance for southeast Michigan to see major downpours arrives around midnight, he said.

Showers are likely through 11 a.m. before the skies clear in the afternoon, according to the weather service forecast.

"The rain will slowly kind of taper off and should be done roughly by mid-day," Klein said.

Highs are set to top out in the mid 70s, which is average for early June, weather service records show.

Another chance of showers returns on Wednesday as temperatures reach the low 70s.

Weather forecast this week

Tuesday: Showers through 11 a.m.. High near 74. Low around 55.

Wednesday: Chance of showers after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, with high near 73. Low around 54. 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with high near 76. Low around 55.

Friday: Chance of showers after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with high near 76. Low around 56.



Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed