DETROIT (WWJ) – Cleanup continues after a quick-moving but hard punching storm left trees downed and cars immobilized in a 20-block area of west Dearborn.

The high winds knocked down branches which blocked streets in neighborhoods like one in the Southfield and Outer Drive area reports WWJ’s Ron Dewey.

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William Miller woke up at 4 a.m. in order to roll up the windows in his car.

“The car was pretty much right in the middle of it – it was garbage day – so I knew we had to move the car because we can’t park in the street,” said Miller. “When I came out here I saw everything. I was like …’I don’t think the garbage is coming today.'”

One minivan was surrounded in its driveway by giant branches that came crashing down from the high winds, along with scattered power outages from downed lines throughout the city.

The fast-moving, intense storm did little damage to homes but created a lot of extra yard work for homeowners.

“I was actually shocked more didn’t happen,” said Eric Seydek. “We always thought this tree may fall on this house, because if there’s ever a storm, it’s so huge – so I’m fortunate – it’s just limited damage.”

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DTE crews continue to work to restore power to thousands of customers in the metro Detroit area.

About 1,400 customers are without electricity around Pontiac. Another 800 homes are affected in Detroit near Schoolcraft and Evergreen. Smaller problem areas include Garden City, Westland, Dearborn, and Novi.

See DTE’s power outage map HERE.

To report and outage or downed power line, call 800-477-4747.

Don’t get caught in the storm: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest forecast during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. See the live, local radar now at this link.

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