Metro Detroit flash flood warning: Overnight hurricanes resumed Thursday morning as thunder and lightning flood warnings continue in the Metro Detroit area.
McComb, Oakland, Wayne, and Monroe counties are on alert for severe thunderstorms until 8:15 a.m. as heavy rains and hurricanes pass through southeastern Michigan. The National Weather Service said the hurricanes were expected to make landfall in Detroit and the Detroit Zoo at 7:40 p.m. Downtown Detroit at 7:45 a.m. and Belle Isle at about 7:50 p.m. Grass Point at 7:55 a.m. and St. Clair Shores at 8:05 p.m.
In addition, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for North Wayne County and South Macomb and Oakland Counties until 9 p.m.
Many freeways were closed or restricted due to flooding. Northbound Interstate 75 at Nine Mile closed due to flooding. Southbound I-75 closes at Interstate 696, and I-696 has standing water at several points: east on Grosbeck and in two directions at Interstate 94. The lodge at 10 miles was flooded over the southbound lanes. Both directions of I-94 on Michigan Avenue were flooded, as were the two directions of the Southfield Freeway on Ford.
More thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon as temperatures touch the 90s, according to the weather service. Friday sees high levels of the mid-80s and a 40% chance of hurricanes occurring.
Trent Frey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the series of hurricanes was on the verge of freezing cold. “One can expect this kind of air mass when it is very hot and humid.”
The storm pattern asked residents to look to the Great Lakes Water Authority for flood threats.
“The soil today is still moist from the rain earlier this week and will create more flow as less water is absorbed into the ground,” it said in a statement.
“As of Wednesday, the regional system is still in place and working as designed. However, due to a large amount of rain throughout the week, the collection system is partially flooded and GLWA operations are in the process of draining the system through its treatment. There were no operational issues with the system. “
As hurricanes spread across the state Wednesday, rain and wind spread widely, with sea warnings issued on waterways such as the St. Clair River as well as thunderstorm warnings in southeastern Michigan.
Residents in Harrison Township and Gross Point Farms were warned to move to a sturdy building after emergency warnings were issued for “devastating 80 mph winds”. “Get shelter,” the warnings warned. Sirens were also heard at the St. Clair Shores.
The damage was widespread at the Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, as well as winds of more than 60 mph in Auckland and Macomb counties.
The Selfridge Air National Guard base in Harrison Township was reported to be 75 mph with winds of up to 54 mph, the Meteorological Department said.
The Department of Meteorology said tree branches collapsed in Monroe, Oakland, Livingston, Wayne, and Genesis counties, as well as in Brighton and near a hospital in Wyandotte. One fell on Milford Road near the entrance to Kensington Metropark.
Trees grew along with the minivan in the Berkeley neighborhood.
“We were sitting in our front porch and everywhere we heard sounds and sirens,” said Lauren Brudenell, who lives in Kenmore, where a tree fell on the house. She said she hung out on her porch during the storm as the sky turned dark.
“Everyone here is out of power,” she says. “Most Berkeley DPW came out right away” to clean up debris and city trees or limbs that looked like a storm.
The McComb County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that 911 lines were down at one point due to the storm. “If you have an emergency, please contact 586-469-5502. It will reach you at our dispatch,” the office tweeted before the system backed up at 7:40 p.m.
A Twitter user shared photos of trees near Mooresville Road west of Milan.
On the Dearborn Area Community Members Facebook page, users posted pictures of tree branches and smoking wires.
In Summer Township, public safety officials said several power lines and trees responded to the storm.
“These pose a serious security risk and we urge you to stay away from any down wires,” officials said in a warning.
DTE Energy reported 500,000 power outages in the region early Thursday.
“Severe weather has caused damage to parts of our electrical infrastructure and torn down more than 2,000 power lines,” DTE said in a statement late Wednesday. “Our teams are working 16-hour shifts to restore power and secure power lines as quickly and safely as possible. More than 1,800 DTE personnel are working to restore services, and we are state linemen to assist more than 1,000 additional out-of-off-recovery efforts.”
Consumer Energy reported that nearly 250,000 customers across the state were in darkness as of Thursday morning, including large areas near Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing.
The company said 285,000 homes and businesses were damaged during the storms in the past 24 hours, and nearly 90,000 homes have been restored since late Tuesday.
More than 450 customer power and contract staff are working to restore a large number of customers this week. On Thursday, staff from seven states, including New York, Tennessee and Missouri, will join them.
“For consumer energy, it is a deck effort in all respects. Our top priority is to restore energy quickly and safely to customers who depend on us,” said Guy Packard, Vice President of Consumer Energy for Electrical Operations. We will deal with another round of extreme weather. “
NWS ‘Frey Most damage and collapsed power lines can be caused directly by line winds, which are associated with strong thunderstorms. But they are different from tornado winds, he says. “We didn’t see any rotation.”
Amid hurricanes, extreme heat combined with high humidity pushed heat indicators to three digits in southern Michigan on Wednesday. It is expected to continue.
Thursday afternoon will be under hot advice around the borders of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. St. Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale counties are included. Thunderstorms were then predicted as a result of humid and unstable weather conditions.