Morning Storms Cause Flooding And Outages In Washtenaw Co.

WASHTENAW COUNTY (WWJ) – It will be a day of cleaning up for many homeowners throughout metro Detroit after early morning storms packing winds of 65 miles per hour knocked down trees and power lines.

Washtenaw County was hit particularly hard.

County Emergency Management Director Mark Breckenridge told WWJ that despite the gusty winds, rain, and numerous downed trees – no one was hurt.

“No injuries reported at this time. There was a lot of lightning with this storm, and really the surprising part of this storm was the gust front. Right when the storm arrived it swept in with the 50 to 60 mile per hour gusts and then the heavy rain and lightning followed,” says Breckenridge.

And Breckenridge said they’ve been getting a lot of reports of downed trees and power lines.

“It really started to affect us at about 4:30 this morning beginning with 50 and then 60 mile per hour winds. And now we’re dealing with flooding in several areas. One main area on I-94, the exit ramp to Jackson Ave. That’s flooded with 2 to 3 feet of water,” he says.

Breckenridge said there are scattered power outages across the county and their next task is to work with DTE Energy to locate those outages.

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