Thousands Lose Power As Record Rain Falls

DETROIT (WWJ) – About 35,000 DTE Energy customers lost power on Tuesday due to the heavy rain.

A DTE spokesman said the outages were spread throughout their service territory — in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe counties. Crews are out working to restore the power, but there were no exact estimates on when everyone will have their lights back on.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 42 inches of precipitation has fallen in Detroit through the start of this week — making it the wettest year since 1990.

A Flood Watch remains in effect for Southeast Michigan through Tuesday evening.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, with 1-3 inches of snow expected in Metro Detroit. (More details, here).

Early Tuesday afternoon the highest rainfall totals reported in Morenci, with nearly two-and-a-half inches since Monday night.  Almost two inches were reported in Grosse Pointe and Blissfield. About an inch-and-a-half was reported in Eastpointe, Dundee and Farmington.   More than an inch was reported in West Bloomfield and Ann Arbor.

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