Severe thunderstorms are headed toward Southeast Michigan, according to a statement issued by the National Weather Service. The worst of the storms are expected between 5 p.m. and midnight.
Winds could gust up to 70 miles an hour and bring hail up to an inch in diameter, with what the weather-service statement called "a slight chance" of tornados. The storms will likely include torrential rainfall, which could cause flooding.
The storms will move northwest to southeast at about 40 miles an hour, according to the weather service statement. The following counties will likely be affected: Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Lenawee and Monroe
The storms could continue intermittently through the week.
For tonight, the weather statement said trained spotters may be needed.
DTE Energy also issued a statement in advance of the storms, advising customers to be prepared to unplug major appliances or sensitive electronics to avoid damage from power surges. Other tips, if you lose power:
- Report it — that helps DTE determine the extent of the outage and damage to the electrical grid. You can report outages from a mobile device, at mobile.dteenergy.com, by phone at at 800-477-4747 or online.
- Be aware that estimates for restoring power take several hours to prepare, so may not be immediately available. Restoration estimates can change once crews have assessed equipment damage and debris removal requirements — or by new storms.-
- Keep yourself, children and pets at least 20 feet from downed power lines and anything they may be touching, including water puddles and metal fences.
- Never drive across a downed power line. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside your car until help arrives.