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Rain Brings Flash Flooding, Power Outages To Metro Detroit

Another round of heavy rain hit metro Detroit Tuesday night.

July 16, 2019 - 10:34 pm
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WWJ -- Another round of heavy rain hit metro Detroit Tuesday night, causing flash flooding in some areas and power outages for thousands.

DTE Energy told WWJ around 10 p.m. at least 4,000 customers were without power, and the company's outage map showed roughly 8,000 homes and businesses were in the dark.

The hardest hit area appeared to be in Farmington Hills east of I-96, between I-696 and 10 Mile Road, where around 2,000 customers were without power. Other heavily affected areas included Ann Arbor and the Wayne-Westland area. 

Many impacted areas are expected to see power restored by around midnight, while the DTE outage map projected the lights to come back on in Farmington Hills by 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A Flash Flood Warning was put into effect for a large portion of southeast Michigan, stretching from Detroit to west of Ann Arbor as heavy rain hit the area for the second straight night. The warning was expected to last until 10:45 p.m.

Flooding was reported on multiple Detroit-area freeways and surface roads. The National Weather Service says to stay away from flooded areas, especially when driving.

Moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue throughout the night, according to the NWS.

The NWS says the additional rain may lead to or worsen existing flooding. 

More thunderstorms are expected on Wednesday, while temperatures will climb into the 90s on Thursday and into the weekend.

The rain was a contributing factor in a crash that led to a 20-30-car pileup on I-96 Tuesday evening, leaving the freeway shut down for more than two hours.

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