Tens of thousands of customers remain without power after tornadoes tore through Michigan

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By Joe Sutton and Hollie Silverman, CNN

Thousands of customers are inactive without powerfulness aft three tornadoes tore done Michigan implicit the weekend, leaving damage, debris and powerfulness outages crossed the Detroit area.

As of Monday morning, astir 87,000 customers successful stay without powerfulness successful the state, according to Poweroutage.us. At the highest of the outage, much than 150,000 customers were affected.

The terrible upwind resulted successful “significant harm to the electrical infrastructure,” inferior DTE said connected its website.

“DTE teams are moving astir the timepiece to reconstruct powerfulness aft dense rainfall and tornadoes ripped done southeast Michigan connected Saturday,” the inferior said.

Crews were assessing harm and making repairs aft the tempest brought down much than 1,200 wires, according to DTE.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Detroit office confirmed astatine slightest 3 EF-1 tornadoes deed the country connected Saturday successful White Lake, Clayton Township and the metropolis Armada, leaving harm and debris successful their wake. There were nary reported injuries, constabulary told CNN.

Video of harm adjacent Armada from CNN affiliate WEYI immediately aft the tempest showed a location collapsed and different location with wood debris littering the yard.

‘Unlike thing we had ever seen’

On Sunday, the affiliate spoke with Clayton Township nonmigratory Brian Barrie arsenic helium cleaning up harm successful his community.

“It conscionable wasn’t natural, and truthful it was dissimilar thing we had ever seen before,” Barrie told WEYI.

Before the tempest hit, Barrie had planned to spell to a shot crippled with his lad but past saw the approaching storm, the affiliate reported.

“I noticed each sorts of debris swirling up successful the air. Pieces of houses and trees, and what not truthful we knew that was bad, and we made a beeline for the basement,” Barrie told WEYI.

Barrie saw wide damage, debris and fallen branches aft the tempest passed, with his neighbors suffering important harm to their properties, the affiliate reported.

“Their harm was overmuch worse than ours,” Barrie told the affiliate. “But past again, I’m thankful that everyone came done this alright due to the fact that I deliberation the result could’ve been overmuch worse.”

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