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Overnight Storm Brings Down Power Lines, Shuts Businesses, Floods Streets, Causes Outages

It was a wild night

August 01, 2018 - 6:45 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - It was a wild night across metro Detroit when thunderstorms rolled in, bringing tornado warnings and flooding concerns.

The storms brought downpours, with some areas seeing two to three inches of rain in less than two hours. A Flood Warning for northern Monroe County and all of Wayne County remains in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

While additional rainfall is not expected this morning, forecasters say it will take several hours for the rain that fell last night to recede.

High winds also knocked out power to roughly 27,000 homes and businesses. The outages are concentrated in western Wayne County, mainly in Taylor, Belleville and Livonia. DTE Energy says there's no estimation for when power will be restored.

The storms also prompted tornado warnings in some suburbs before moving out of the area. The warnings started around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday and lasted after 1 a.m. 

WWJ's Charlie Langton reports the storm closed the 1.2 million square foot Ford National Parts Distribution Center in Livonia, leaving 102 workers with nowhere to be today.

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Here's a look at the extended forecast:

Wednesday -- A thunderstorm in spots. High 79F. Low 64F.

Thursday -- Clouds and sun. High 84F. Low 67F.

Friday -- A thunderstorm in spots. High 84F. Low 66F.

Saturday -- Mostly sunny; warm and humid. High 88F. Low 69F.

Sunday -- A thunderstorm in spots. High 88F. Low 72F.