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Washtenaw County Storms Bring Tree Damage, Road Closures And Power Outages

The sirens blared, winds howled, lightning lit the sky and rains blanketed the area. If the storms awoke you early this morning, that's the environment that existed just beyond your walls.  High winds caused by a suspected tornado caused damage to several residences near Manchester, but also knocked down trees, branches and power lines throughout the region. 

DTE Energy reports there were 30,op of it's customers in the southeast Michigan service region without electricity went dark in the storms.  Roughly 4,900 of those were in Washtenaw County.  Spokesperson Randi Berris says most should have power restored by the end of the day, with small pockets possibly taking into tomorrow for full restoration. The outages have put many of the area's traffic lights completely out of order or on flashing red. 

The Washtenaw County Road Commission spent its morning clearing trees and debris from area roadways and monitoring areas of flooding and standing water. As of 9:40 am, Director of Operations Jim Harmon says most of the work is complete. Flooding in Scio Township still has Liberty Road closed between Honey Run Drive and Stags Leap Lane.  In Webster Township, Mast Road between North Territorial and Walsh Roads  is closed until further notice for minor structural repairs. That road is expected to reopen later today. 

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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