Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect For Metro Detroit Friday

WWJ News
September 13, 2019 - 4:46 pm
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(WWJ) Get ready for another round of nasty weather. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for all of southeast Michigan until 9 p.m. Friday.

The following counties are included in the watch: Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, St. Clair, Monroe, Livingston, Washtenaw, Genesee, Lenawee, Huron, Hillsdale, Sanilac and Tuscola. 

"There's a possibility of some damaging winds with this particular cell that's racing northeastward at about 40 miles per hour," WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers said. 

Forecasters say winds could be strong enough to blow down trees, branches and power lines. There could also be heavy downpours and some hail. 

The first round of storms blew through in the late afternoon, leaving 23,000 homes and businesses without power.

The DTE Energy Outage map shows hard-hit areas include Cooley Lake and Hiller Roads near Waterford, near Plymouth and Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor.  Other big outages are reported near 11 Mile and Orchard Lake in Farmington Hills, Waldon and Lapeer Roads in Orion Township, and Beck and West Road in Wixom.  

Bowers said a second round of storms was expected Friday, however: "I think by 7 or 8 o'clock a lot of the action will be shifting off to our east and the rest of the evening should be quiet." 

These storms come two days after severe weather knocked out power to more than 120,000 homes and businesses across Michigan.  

Looking ahead to the weekend: Saturday looks like a beautiful day in metro Detroit, with sunshine and highs around 75 degrees. There is, however, a chance for another shower or two on Sunday. 

Stay with WWJ for the latest, or you can check the radar anytime HERE at WWJ Newsradio.com.