Portland, Michigan Cleans Up After Devastating Tornado Strikes; ‘The Freight Train Sound? It’s True’
“It’s devastating, but I like to see the community come together…”
A mother and two small children were rescued from a collapsed Goodwill store and two others were helped from a damaged pharmacy.
Roughly 22,000 customers are still without power after damaging winds swept through southeast Michigan and much of the Midwest on Monday.
A team from the national weather service has confirmed that a pre-dawn tornado was responsible for damage in one Oakland County neighborhood.
About 41,000 homes and businesses remain without power Tuesday morning — down from a high of 375,000 outages.
Friday’s storm packed quite a punch, with wind gusts of more than 75 miles an hour and nickel-size hail.
DTE officials reported that up to 129,000 homes and businesses are without power, with the number of outages expected to grow until the storms move out of the area.
Representatives of FEMA continue their work on the ground in Metro Detroit, assessing the damage done from last month’s record rainfall and flooding.
DTE says about 10,000 of its 165,000 affected customers remain powerless Thursday afternoon, the majority in Wayne County.
The storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out about 169,000 electricity customers.