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Thousands Without Power In Washtenaw County After Sunday Storms

Jul 28, 2014

Residents Clean-Up After Severe Thunderstorms  

Credit Courtesy Image / DTE Energy

There are still more than 5,000 residents and businesses in Washtenaw County without power this morning. Residents are cleaning up after a series of severe thunderstorms Sunday that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.

Yesterday's storms packed winds up to 50 miles per hour, and in some areas knocked down trees and ripped roofs off buildings. Heavy rains caused road flooding.

Oakland County was hardest hit, and as of 6am this morning still had 96-thousand DTE Energy customers in the dark. there are also 32-thousand customers affected in Macomb County,  19-Thousand in Wayne County and five-thosuand in Livingston County. 

The National Weather Service says hail up to 3 inches in diameter was recorded near Midland. Later, a trained spotter reported 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township in suburban Detroit.

The weather service says the storm damaged 80 percent of the units at a mobile home park in Oakland County's Highland Township.

DTE Energy Co. reported 180,000 customers without power and CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit had 26,000 out.

The utilities say restoration efforts continue this morning, but it is unkown when power will be fully restored.