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12 July 2011

Extreme Weather: USA

Weather knocked out power to 65,000 DTE Energy customers in southeast Michigan this afternoon. “It was a pretty severe storm,” company spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said. DTE’s power outage map online shows customers were impacted in Wayne County cities, including Taylor, Canton and Dearborn Heights. There are also outages in an area southeast of Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County. Other outages are scattered throughout the metro area, according to the map. Some places in Wayne County got up to three-quarters of an inch of rain this afternoon, according to National Weather Service reports. Lingering showers are expected to end this afternoon and then no more rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week, NWS service meteorologist Steve Considine said. Detroit Metro Airport received six-tenths of an inch while Oakland County saw up to half an inch and Macomb County received up to a quarter of an inch. There were reports of downed power lines and trees in Wayne County and Washtenaw County, Considine said. Damage to glass at one of the People Mover’s stations forced the light rail line to close this afternoon as a precaution, a spokeswoman said. It remained shut as of 4:30 p.m.

Several panes of glass at the Grand Circus Park station, at the David Whitney Building, were shattered in the storm, said spokeswoman Ericka Alexander. It wasn’t clear when the People Mover would reopen; crews were assessing the damage and determining how long repairs would take, Alexander said. Tuesday high temperature is expected to be about 90 degrees then temperatures will drop. Wednesday highs are forecast in the upper 70s and Thursday and Friday’s forecast calls for highs in the 80s. A man died today after a tree fell over during severe thunderstorms that generated winds of 80 mph and knocked out power to at least 184,000 homes and businesses, authorities said. The 38-year-old man was trapped on a porch Monday morning in Cutlerville, south of Grand Rapids, The Grand Rapids Press reported. In Holland, winds of about 80 mph were reported and a police cruiser was hit by a fallen tree. The officer was not hurt. In Muskegon County’s Muskegon Township, a tree crushed a 1927 Ford Model T, The Muskegon Chronicle said.

- RSOE