Thousands Remain Powerless After Evening Storms
DETROIT (WWJ) – After storms ripped through southeastern Michigan Monday, 15,000 homes and businesses are still powerless the following afternoon.
DTE is working to restore power around Metro Detroit, with the bulk of the outages in Wayne County. The original number of customers without power after the thunderstorms was above 30,000.
Kathy Horste lost electrical service after a tree fell on power lines in her Southfield neighborhood.
“I was just very relieved that it wasn’t one of my trees, because I have a lot of trees that are old and we’ve had so much rain that, you know, they can only absorb so much water before limbs start falling,” Horeste said.
WWJ’s Ron Dewey said one neighborhood on Detroit’s east side was hit especially hard with downed trees blocking streets in the 7-mile/Ryan area.
Ella Thomas, a West Virginia native, has seen her fair share of heavy weather, but Monday’s hit-and-run storm even caught her off guard. A tree uprooted and fell in between her Yonka street home and the house next door, crushing her car in the driveway along with the side door awning.
Randy Wright was caught in one of the heavier storms while walking home, soaking wet, and almost lost his umbrella. His home was spared major damage by a large tree that fell next to it.
The National Weather Service said yesterday’s storms had winds gusting to 65 mph in St. Clair Shores and pelted the Adrian area with hail up to one and a half inches in diameter.
Representatives from DTE said no major restoration projects are in the works, just a lot of smaller jobs. They expect power to be restored to everyone by the end of the day.
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