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Posted on Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 10:52 p.m.

Flash flood warning issued; tornado watch continues overnight

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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A car is shown stuck in floodwaters on West Kingsley Street in Ann Arbor after heavy storms rolled through the area on June 5.

Photo by Ross Orr

The night's third tornado warning for Washtenaw County has expired, although a tornado watch —├é┬ámeaning conditions may be favorable for tornado development — continues until 5 a.m. for the entire region, including Washtenaw County as well as Berrien, Branch, Cass, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, St. Joseph and Wayne counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning due to the continuing rainfall. Flooded streets have been reported in many areas of Ann Arbor, including Washtenaw Avenue; Maple Road; Stadium Boulevard; and Packard, Church and Monroe streets. Some residents are reporting a foot or more of water in some low-lying areas.

The text of the flood warning:

At 1252 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of thunderstorms producing extremely heavy rainfall extending from just east of Battle Creek to Detroit. These storms will continue to track along the Interstate 94 corridor over the next one to two hours.

Runoff from this excessive rainfall will continue to cause flash flooding to occur. Some locations that will experience flooding include... Ann Arbor... Canton... Chelsea... Dexter... downtown Detroit... Flat Rock... Livonia... Manchester... Romulus... Saline... Taylor... Ypsilanti... Belleville... Dearborn... Detroit... Dixboro... grose ile... Northville... Salem... Trenton... Whitmore Lake... Willis and Wyandotte.

At 1243 am... weather spotters reported water up to the curbs in portions of Ann Arbor.

At 1252 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated between one and three inches of rain has fallen across much of the area... with the highest amounts in and around Manchester... Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is possible over the next couple of hours.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. If flooding is observed... act quickly. Do not enter the water. Turn around and move up to higher ground. Do not stay in areas subject to flooding when water begins rising.

Comments

M.

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 12:03 p.m.

hahahahahaha Flood Commandant has a nice ring to it!

David Briegel

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 9:17 a.m.

Why don't we rename the Drain commissioner to Flood Commandant?

ribs1

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 7:46 a.m.

81 Wolverine, and everyone else, Noone should be in the river in any watercraft today or for the next few days. Very dangerous.

81wolverine

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 5:52 a.m.

Our rain gage outside in the garden looks like it has at least 3" of rain showing. Is that possible? Maybe the thing's messed up. But I did hear a ton of rain falling last night. So, everyone should be cautious today while navigating streets and also if you're going canoeing/kayaking on the river - the water level will be higher and current will be much stronger. Otherwise, let's hope things dry out a little today!

drew_blows

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 2:04 a.m.

Driving home from work at 2am and my car hits a lake and floods out on Packard near the Staples Shelter and then just past Carpenter Rd it is impassable so I had to turn around and take Washtenaw home to Ypsi.

yohan

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 2:02 a.m.

As of 2:20a flooded streets at Ashley and Felch, E Summit and Depot between Main and Fourth, Kingsley at First. Allen Creek throwing up raw sewage by lifting a manhole cover on Miller at railroad bridge, slightly flooding Miller. Argo dam and Allen Creek spillway sound like Niagara Falls. river over banks. As of 2:40 Ashley at Felch and Kingsley at First now clear

Macabre Sunset

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 2 a.m.

Looks like we're done with the severe weather for tonight.

L. C. Burgundy

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 1:11 a.m.

Per the NWS, the Huron River is predicted to crest at 16.3 ft sometime in the next 12 hours or so - 16 ft is flood stage. http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dtx&gage=annm4&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1

Mike Hulsebus

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 12:53 a.m.

The water's pretty crazy right now; looks like part of Packard is a river. My wife and I just got home from a wedding in Sturgis, MI and it was not a fun drive home. There's a lot of standing water here in Ann Arbor. One of our neighbors has his basement flooded with about a foot of water he says. Luckily, our basement is pretty good.

Susan Montgomery

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 12:39 a.m.

@Stephen, for extreme circumstances: From http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.

steven

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 12:30 a.m.

i live in one of the many apartment buildings on main street near briarwood mall, does anyone know what i am supposed to do during these warning, i was in the bathroom in the bathtub, but since im on the 2nd floor i dont really know if this is the best place, the garage is open to the elements so that doesnt seem like such a good idea. is the bathroom a safe place?

yohan

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 12:15 a.m.

check out:http://www.wunderground.com/US/MI/Ann_Arbor.html scroll to storm reports on bottom. 06/06/2010 1247 am Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County. Thunderstorm wind gust e60 mph, reported by trained spotter. Intersection of ridge and gettys 06/05/2010 1159 PM NE Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County. Heavy rain m2.00 inch, reported by trained spotter. 3 hour total 06/06/2010 1243 am Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County. Flash flood, reported by trained spotter. Water covering roads at m14 and us23. also check out: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mi/nwis/uv/?site_no=04174500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060 Huron river near flood stage

chimarathon

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 12:05 a.m.

Very true Music but it may be a blessing as it would save me a boat load of money that I would have otherwise spent on overpriced (yet very good) food

L. C. Burgundy

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 12:02 a.m.

@ Michael Hocking You can read spotter storm reports here: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/events/situation1.php A smattering of wind damage and funnel cloud sightings - not in Washtenaw county.

yohan

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : midnight

as of 1am channel 2 in det. has continuous radar display with good commentary

musicluffler

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:58 p.m.

@ chimarathon: haha :] i hope the food fest doesn't get rained out.

chimarathon

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:50 p.m.

Looks like DX-AA may be a canoe race in the morning

L. C. Burgundy

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:43 p.m.

Statement as of 12:38 AM EDT on June 06, 2010... A Tornado Warning remains in effect for southeastern Washtenaw County until 100 am EDT... At 1235 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was located near Saline... moving east at 40 mph. This dangerous storm will be near... Ypsilanti around 1245 am EDT. Willis and Whittaker around 1250 am EDT. The warning includes areas surrounding these locations... Willis... Dixboro... Ypsilanti... Saline... Ann Arbor... Precautionary/preparedness actions... Tornadoes are difficult to see and confirm at night. Take cover now.

Michael

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:43 p.m.

yes... has anyone read/heard that any have been seen?

M.

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:31 p.m.

@ Clara, all I read on the weather sites was that a warning "remains" in effect. I had the same thought about the definition of a warning, but I believe L C is correct since it does say in the state warnings how hard it is to actually spot them.

L. C. Burgundy

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:30 p.m.

Statement as of 12:28 AM EDT on June 06, 2010... A Tornado Warning remains in effect for southern Washtenaw County until 100 am EDT... At 1226 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was located 5 miles west of Saline... moving east at 35 mph. This dangerous storm will be near... Saline around 1235 am EDT. Pittsfield Township around 1240 am EDT. Whittaker and Ypsilanti around 1250 am EDT. Willis around 1255 am EDT. The warning includes areas surrounding these locations... Willis... Dixboro... Ypsilanti... Saline... Manchester... Ann Arbor... Precautionary/preparedness actions... Take cover now. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a Mobile home... a vehicle or outdoors... move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

chimarathon

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:28 p.m.

I believe they are warnings because the radars are showing rotation but no eye witness accounts

L. C. Burgundy

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:27 p.m.

@ clara These have all been radar-indicated possible tornadoes, based upon wind presentation to a radar. Rain-wrapped tornadoes are quite difficult to spot at night, even for trained spotter, and warnings are issued out of an abundance of caution.

clara

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:23 p.m.

@Malorie The first one expired, there is a new one Warning / Watches I always thought the watches were where the conditions were favorable for the possibility of and that warnings were for actual events. These two warnings both say conditions are right for a tornado but none sighted. Has the definitions been changed?

L. C. Burgundy

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:22 p.m.

Statement as of 12:16 AM EDT on June 06, 2010... A Tornado Warning remains in effect for southern Washtenaw County until 100 am EDT... At 1214 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was located near Manchester... moving east at 35 mph. This dangerous storm will be near... Bridgewater around 1225 am EDT. Saline around 1235 am EDT. Pittsfield Township around 1240 am EDT. Ypsilanti around 1245 am EDT. Willis and Whittaker around 1250 am EDT. The warning includes areas surrounding these locations... Willis... Dixboro... Ypsilanti... Saline... Manchester... Ann Arbor... Precautionary/preparedness actions... Tornadoes are difficult to see and confirm at night. Take cover now.

M.

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:16 p.m.

THE WARNING WAS EXTENDED TO 1:00AM, NOT EXPIRED! Jeez!!

L. C. Burgundy

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:16 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a * Tornado Warning for... southern Washtenaw County in Southeast Michigan... * until 100 am EDT * at 1205 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was located near Manchester... and moving east at 35 mph. * This dangerous storm will be near... Pleasant Lake around 1220 am EDT. Bridgewater around 1225 am EDT. Saline around 1235 am EDT. Pittsfield Township and Ann Arbor around 1240 am EDT. Ypsilanti and Whittaker around 1245 am EDT. Willis around 1250 am EDT. The warning includes areas surrounding these locations... Willis... Dixboro... Ypsilanti... Saline... Manchester... Ann Arbor... Precautionary/preparedness actions... Take cover now. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a Mobile home... a vehicle or outdoors... move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

M.

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:12 p.m.

I believe I hear a siren (I'm near West Cross and Ballard) Issued by The National Weather Service Detroit, MI 12:07 am EDT, Sun., Jun. 6, 2010 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... SOUTHERN WASHTENAW COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN... * UNTIL 100 AM EDT * AT 1205 AM EDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MANCHESTER... AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH. * THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR... PLEASANT LAKE AROUND 1220 AM EDT. BRIDGEWATER AROUND 1225 AM EDT. SALINE AROUND 1235 AM EDT. PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP AND ANN ARBOR AROUND 1240 AM EDT. YPSILANTI AND WHITTAKER AROUND 1245 AM EDT. WILLIS AROUND 1250 AM EDT. THE WARNING INCLUDES AREAS SURROUNDING THESE LOCATIONS... WILLIS... DIXBORO... YPSILANTI... SALINE... MANCHESTER... ANN ARBOR... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME... A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS... MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

Jeremy Hallum

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 11:10 p.m.

Aaaaand Tornado Warning #2. This one might go right over Ann Arbor, too. Should be over head around 12:40 or so.

M.

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 10:48 p.m.

Hopefully it gets it all out of its system by tomorrow afternoon so we can enjoy Taste of Ann Arbor without an umbrella and wet shoes!

Andrew Thomas

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 10:43 p.m.

Checking radar images on Channel 4's web site -- looks like the storm has moved out of Washtenaw County, but there's another tornado warning for southern Jackson County that's moving our way. Looks like it will get here around 12:15 or so. No warnings yet. Also, still another band of storms coming off lake Michigan, going through Grand Rapids, will probably get here between 1:00 and 2:00. So it looks like we're in for it the rest of the night.

Jeremy Hallum

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 10:18 p.m.

Looks like a train of storms with also a Tornado warning for Calhoun County (on the other side of Jackson). The Tornado Warning for Washtenaw County has been extended to 11:45. Stay safe everyone.

L. C. Burgundy

Sat, Jun 5, 2010 : 10:07 p.m.

Statement as of 11:04 PM EDT on June 05, 2010... A Tornado Warning remains in effect for Washtenaw County until 1115 PM EDT... At 1101 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was located near Willis... or 5 miles south of Ypsilanti... moving east at 45 mph. This dangerous storm will affect far southeast sections of Washtenaw County. Precautionary/preparedness actions... Tornadoes are difficult to see and confirm at night. Take cover now.