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Posted on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 4:05 p.m.

Monday night weather forecast: Wind gusts could cause power outages

By Amy Biolchini

Strong, gusting winds and cool, rainy weather is in the forecast for Ann Arbor Monday night as the University of Michigan basketball team takes on the Louisville Cardinals in the national championship game in Atlanta.

Rainy conditions in Ann Arbor for most of the day Monday are expected to continue throughout the evening.

The cool, rainy weather could have an affect on fan reaction to the outcome of the basketball game Monday night, according to local police agencies.

A wind advisory is in effect for much of Southeast Michigan Monday evening -- including Washtenaw County -- as winds are expected to reach 45 mph.

The National Weather Service warns that sporadic power outages and minor tree damage are possible effects of the gusting wind.

Wind gusts are expected to especially severe between 5 and 9 p.m. Monday.

There’s a chance for thunderstorms Monday night as well before 7 p.m. in Ann Arbor.

Isolated storm pockets could also produce hail, according to the National Weather Service.

After 7 p.m., there’s a 60 percent chance of rain through midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to drop to about 40 degrees Monday night.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 1:37 a.m.

When in the world are we going to upgrade the power grid and bury the overhead power lines ? The European countries have done that years ago. This losing power during each storm is so 3rd world like. We got the money to spend over on Mars and overseas, yet we neglect the homeland. Jobs would be created and the standard of living would improve. Expect the folks that would benefit the most, many don't seem to care about. Long as "they" don't lose power, who cares is the attitude.

Ann English

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 11:34 p.m.

Minor tree damage from this wind? The heavy wet snow we got in February or January produced MAJOR tree damage: big limbs partially breaking off tree trunks, falling onto parked cars below them along east Division Street. This wind advisory was probably announced because not all of us use the Weather Channel Desktop on our computers.


Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 1:40 a.m.

That is why few folks drove trucks back in the 60's-70's. But then came smaller cars and many folks brought SUV's.

Ann English

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 11:49 p.m.

Some major tree damage took place on SOUTH Division Street over a month ago. Amy, it sounds like you don't expect many of us to be driving during this wind advisory. The Weather Channel Desktop says that 45 mph winds can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

David Cahill

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 10:22 p.m.

It is dead calm here on Broadway 6:21 p.m. The Weather Channel predicts winds no higher than 17 mph. Pardon me if (once again) I'm not too impressed with a Weather Service advisory.


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 9:49 p.m.

And to that I say...........meh.


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 10:14 p.m.

It's all "meh" until the TV goes black about 9:25.

Linda Peck

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.

Is this announcement just so we will not be surprised?