Severe weather raked the region Tuesday, bringing more rain, more high winds and more than 155,00 power outages.
A tornado warning for northern Monroe County, where a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado had been located near Dundee around 9 p.m. Tuesday, was canceled by 9:22 p.m.
Nearly all of Michigan is under a severe watch or warning as a storm system moved in from the northwest, starting early in the day and moving swiftly. By nightfall, more than 155,000 people were without power, in areas ranging from mid-Michigan to Superior Township in Washtenaw County.
Severe thunderstorms with high winds and hail have been reported across the northern Lower Peninsula.
A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. for 15 counties in southeast Michigan, from Bad Axe to Flint; a high wind warning is in effect until midnight for St. Clair, Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. Winds of 40-50 mph with gusts to 60 mph are expected.
Consumer Energy reported 69,615 people without power , with a large portion in mid-Michigan and scattered throughout Kalamazoo. DTE Energy’s outage map shows 86,233 without power. Areas showing larger outages include Keego Harbor, Waterford Township, Brighton, South Lyon, Marion Township and Milford.
Counties with a watch that expires at 11 p.m. include Genesee, Lenawee, Monroe, Sanilac, Huron, Livinston, Oakland, Washtenaw,, Macomb and Wayne.
In Saginaw, reports of several large diameter tree limbs down and trees down around Mackinaw and Tittabawassee roads. In Midland County, trees and power lines were down in Larkin Township. Midland saw 1-inch hail, reports said. Around Vassar, tree were down and power outages were reported.
In the Thumb area, two water spouts were reported east of Port Hope. Further northwest, trees were down on power lines in Winegars and Beaverton
For west and central Michigan, a severe thunderstorm watch remains until 7 p.m. Heavy rain and damaging winds that could knock down trees and powerlines are the greatest risks.
According to the National Weather Service in mid-Michigan, to around 7-9 p.m. this evening toward Jackson. The severe storms should exit the area by 10 p.m.”
The weather is expected to increase the danger on beaches along Lake Michigan.
Waves of 5-9 feet were expected into the evening, the weather service said.
“The danger will shift to the north sides of piers Tuesday evening through Wednesday. Waves will wash onto piers both days and could sweep people into the lake and into the strong currents. Please stay out of the water and off piers Tuesday and Wednesday. These will be the most dangerous conditions we have seen since spring.”
For southeast Michigan, the risks arrive in the evening.
“Rainfall averages between .50-1.50 inches,” the weather service said. “Storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and localized flooding.
“… The main hazard being damaging wind gusts to around 60 mph. A few storms may also produce large hail to one inch in diameter. In addition, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.”
Consumers Energy said crews would work through the night to restore power to homes and businesses hit by the storms.
“We are grateful for the patience of our neighbors, from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek to Midland and Saginaw, after these storms knocked over trees and damaged poles and equipment,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president for electric operations. “Our crews and contractors were prepared for this bad weather. They are already starting to restore power and will be working around the clock.”
Packard warned residents to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines, keep children and pets away and report downed wires to 911 and the utility at (800) 477-5050.
The city of Detroit and its water and sewer department said it, too, is watching storm developments.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department said staff will “work extended hours today due to forecasted heavy rain expected after 4 p.m. and into the evening hours that may cause flooding.”
Field Services staff with the department will work to respond to potential flooding and basement backups. “Crews will monitor flood-prone areas and be ready to respond to flooding by cleaning the sewer system and basins, where necessary, and pump water from city streets in areas where its not receding and causing a safety issue,” the city says. “DWSD contractors are also on standby.”
Detroit residents who want to report street flooding can use the “Improve Detroit” SeeClickFix mobile app for Apple and Android devices, report it by Facebook messenger at facebook.com/DWSDDetroit, or call (313) 267-8000. Basement flooding reports can be made by calling (313) 267-8000 and, if there is damage, residents can file a claim at detroitmi.gov/waterdamageclaims.
The system first brought severe weather to parts of Wisconsin, where hail up to the size of a baseball fell early Tuesday in parts of Brown, Outagamie and Waupaca counties.
In Door County, trees and power lines were knocked down and Highway 42 was closed because a live wire was arcing on the roadway.
Associated Press contributed to this report.