Winds bring down trees, cause scattered power outages in Ann Arbor area
Jeff Sanilar | AnnArbor.com
A wind advisory remains in effect until 11 p.m., and National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Cook said the worst of the winds will arrive between 5 and 8 p.m.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office had taken at least four reports of trees or limbs down as of 4:30 p.m., including one in which a limb hit a car, causing damage, at North Territorial and Donovan roads in Webster Township. The Washtenaw County Road Commission had been called out to deal with downed trees, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said.
Wires also were reported down on Barker Road near Whitmore Lake Elementary School in Northfield Township and near Erickson School in Ypsilanti Township.
Wires were down on Hitchingham Road between Textile and Merritt in Ypsilanti Township shortly before 6 p.m.. Crews were being dispatched to the location to direct traffic, according to reports.
A power outage at the Superior Township branch of the Ypsilanti District Library caused the building to be closed for the remainder of the night just after 6 p.m.
The DTE Energy power outage map showed scattered outages around Washtenaw County. DTE spokesman John Austerberry said the utility was prepared to respond to outages as they occur throughout the night.
The National Weather Service said winds could gust to 45 to 50 mph this evening and the area will experience sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph. Wind gusts could make driving high-profile vehicles like vans and SUVs difficult.
Once the winds die down around 11 p.m., they’ll leave behind much colder air. Low temperatures will drop into the low to mid-30s tonight, and the high Thursday will only climb into the low to mid-40s. The day could also bring a wintry mix of rain and snow.
For updated conditions and forecasts throughout the day, check AnnArbor.com's weather page.