Extreme weather around Ann Arbor: How are you coping with storms, power outages, record temps?
Extreme weather is at the center of the July 4 holiday week in Washtenaw County, where a wave of storms sparked power outages following record-high temperatures.
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
So far, about 15,000 DTE Energy customers in the county were without power as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday, according to DTE spokesman Len Singer. He says power is expected to return to normal by late Saturday. Read more about the outages.
At the same time, a heat wave is resulting is a heat warning for Washtenaw County. The warning - issued by the National Weather Service - will be in effect until 9 p.m. Friday. Read more about the heat warning.
So far, AnnArbor.com is finding several examples of how the area is impacted:
- The PTO Thrift Store on South Industrial closed for the day, following the power outage that affected that nonprofit store.
- Generators may be in short supply - we're hearing that some people are coping with the duration of the power outage by purchasing devices that will supply temporary power sources.
- Huron Valley Ambulance transported 10 individuals to area hospitals due to heat-related illnesses Wednesday, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, said HVA officials.
- Heavy rains fell during the weekly Sonic Lunch concert in downtown Ann Arbor - but the show continued. See video.
- Fallen trees were spotted across the area, including one that blocked a lane on I-94. See photo on Twitter.
- The power outage knocked down the broadcast transmission from the 107.1 radio tower, station officials said.
- Some residents in Chelsea are reporting that their power has been restored.
How are you coping with the heat? Are you without power? Have you been affected by the storms in other ways? Share your experiences with other AnnArbor.com readers by commenting below.