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Posted on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

Severe storm leaves 4,000 Washtenaw County residents without power

By Cole Bertsos

Editor's note: Scott Simons' name has been corrected in this article.

As a result of a severe storm Friday night in Washtenaw County, DTE Energy has confirmed approximately 4,000 customers — mostly in the southeast area of the county — have been left without power.

"The storm had winds of up to 45 miles per hour," said Scott Simons, spokesperson for DTE. "Branches were falling, trees were falling, and they're bound to hit power lines."

While other areas were hit much harder than Washtenaw County, Simons said there still is some work to be done before the power is restored.

"We expect 90 percent of our customers to have their power back by (Sunday) night," he said.

The National Weather Service says the weather is expected to calm down, as well as cool down (a little) throughout the next week.

For updated conditions and forecasts anytime, check's weather page.



Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 4:23 p.m.

Malletts Creek library is still closed.

dading dont delete me bro

Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 2:03 a.m.

i know houwses in this yellow ypsilanti cloud that DO infact have power. it did go out, bur returned about 230ish.


Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 1:17 a.m.

These power outages are getting old, too bad we can put rovers on Mars yet upgrading the power grid takes a backseat--maybe in the next century we can get around to burying the power lines--like the Europeans have already done, lol,

Stan Hyne

Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 5:15 p.m.

If you think cutting trees is intrusive, just wait until they dig trenches in your back yard and put in pad mount transformers.

Kai Petainen

Sat, Jul 20, 2013 : 11:31 p.m.

30 second timelapse of the storm last night as lightning goes over Ann Arbor and University Hospitals A set of photos from last night Some photos from that set 2 bolts and CS Mott And 2 bolts and CS Mott Bolt across the sky The storm arrives


Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 5:52 a.m.

WOW!! Very, very cool! Thanks for sharing these! We don't get much lightning and thunder action out here in Seattle (which is a bummer because I'm a weather nut), so it's really nice to see some photos of real weather back in the motherland. :)

Kai Petainen

Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 1 a.m.

WalkingJoe.... thank you! The storm last night was one of the more memorable storms that has rolled through Ann Arbor. For about 4 hours I watched hundreds of lightning strikes hit west and south of Ann Arbor... amazing spectacle. I just wish I had more battery power for my camera last night.


Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 12:05 a.m.

Just went to these links Kai. Although I do not like severe weather i loved your pictures. They show the beauty and awesomeness of nature. Thanks for sharing.