About 240,000 homes and businesses in Michigan are without electricity on Sunday after ice storms during the night.
In Southeastern Michigan, some 212,000 DTE Energy customers have no electricity. Consumers Energy, which serves electric customers in most of the rest of the state, is reporting disruptions that affect more than 41,000 customers, bringing the total to t 253,000 across the state.
The DTE says that the power outages are scattered throughout the region, but that Wayne County is receiving the worst. The DTE expects additional interruptions, and warns that while the crews are carrying out restoration work, "due to the dangerous conditions of the road and the continuous climate, the restoration will be a challenge," the company said in a statement
. The church and other motorists had to build more time on their trips to scrape the ice off their vehicles. At midday, however, temperatures should be comfortably above the freezing point and the threat of additional freezing rain should be eliminated.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the counties along and north of M-59 and a winter weather warning has been issued for Macomb counties, Washtenaw and Wayne. The warning expired at 10 a.m., the warning at noon, said Alex Manion, meteorologist at the National Meteorological Service.
The Michigan State Police reports that Metro Detroit's roads are relatively accident free Sunday morning with only two on the highway system. They offered a reminder to motorists: the behavior of the driver, not the weather, causes failures.
"Quick reminder that climate does not cause falls, drivers do it! No matter the condition, whether it's ice, snow, rain or even sun, it's the way drivers react to the conditions that make it a safe trip or an accident. "
Carol Przyhocki, from 72 years old, from Armada, takes the icy rain from the sidewalk in front of the United Congregational Church of Christ, where He is a deacon on Sunday morning. (Photo: Todd McInturf, The Detroit News)
The day will take a turn towards warmth, while it will still be well below the temperatures at this time of year. For example, while Sunday will see maximums in the lower 40 degrees, the average maximum should be 59 degrees, which means that Metro Detroit could fall 15 degrees or more.
The eastern communities along Lake St. Clair are also under flood warning on the shores of the lake. until 4 pm, according to a statement from the Meteorological Service on the flood warning, "residents on the coast or near it … should be on the alert for the increase in water and take appropriate measures to protect the life and property. "
No day until Wednesday is expected to have a high temperature above 45 degrees, and no day this week is protected to reach 55 degrees.
Sunday: Rain with a maximum of 46 degrees; low of 37 degrees.
Monday: Rain or snow showers with a minimum of 31 and a high of around 41 degrees.
Tuesday: Maximum of 44; Low temperatures around 31. It will be partly sunny.
Wednesday: A chance of showers after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
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