SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Progress overnight to get the lights back on for thousands of metro Detroiters who were knocked off the electrical grid by fast-moving storms that rolled through the area.
According to DTE Spokesperson Scott Simons, about 4,000 homes and businesses remain without power Wednesday morning. That’s down from the 18,000 that were reported in the hours after storms Tuesday afternoon.
DTE Energy said most of the trouble was caused by fallen trees on power lines and equipment that was hit by lightning.
The storms were brief, but left behind some damage. The national weather service had three separate severe thunderstorm warnings in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas, with reports of wind gusts up to 60 mph and one-inch hail.
Trained spotters with the National Weather Service say small tree branches were down in Commerce and West Bloomfield Townships.
A 50-miles per hour wind gust was also reported in Commerce Township.
Berkley Police is asking people to avoid the area of Webster between Coolidge & Greenfield and streets in between because of multiple powers line down and a poll on fire.
Two and three inches of rain was reported in Canton and southern Wayne County Monday morning. Flooding was reported in Ecorse.
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