Severe thunderstorm warning, urban flood advisory issued for Wayne and Macomb counties
A severe thunderstorm warning and an urban flood warning have been issued for some metro communities in Detroit, as more rain hits areas still recovering from a weekend of flooding.
The White Lake Township National Weather Service issued a flood advisory in urban areas and small streams for parts of the tri-county area until 6:15 p.m.
Between ½ to 1 inch of rain had already fallen by 3:09 p.m. and flooded roads and underpasses in Warren, Livonia, Troy, Southfield, Taylor, St. Clair Shores, Pontiac, Romulus, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, Flat Rock, Richmond, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Downtown Detroit, Canton, Detroit, Sterling Heights, Dearborn and Royal Oak.
The National Weather Service issued the thunderstorm warning for northeast Wayne County and southeast Macomb County until 4:15 pm This includes towns like Dearborn, Taylor, St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointes.
The storm hit downtown Detroit and Belle Isle at 3:25 p.m. and quickly moved towards St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe with a deluge of rain.
The storm is moving at 20 miles per hour and has wind gusts of 60 mph and penny-sized hail.
The weather service has warned homeowners to expect damage to siding, trees and other property.
The latest episode of bad weather comes as the state waits for federal help to recover from historic weekend flooding in the Detroit metro area.
Detroit received more than 6 inches of rain in about five hours on Saturday, a record-breaking downpour that exceeded Detroit’s 4.57 inches of rain in August 2014, which sparked another flood emergency and federal aid. Some metropolitan areas have seen 7 inches.
Communities in the Detroit metro area, and in particular Wayne County, are still assessing the damage and communities in Wayne County are trying to exceed the July 6 deadline to submit preliminary estimates to the county government.
Beyond personal losses, at least 28 of Metro Detroit’s 140 freeway pumping stations either had no power or had mechanical problems on Saturday afternoon, leading to closed and flooded freeways.
Interstate 94 in Dearborn and Detroit remained closed Tuesday between Michigan Avenue and Interstate 96. Dozens of abandoned and sunk vehicles still littered the freeway and had to be towed.