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Flood warning lifted for southeast Michigan.
Flood warning lifted for southeast Michigan.

The flood warning has been lifted for the Detroit metropolitan area, but it remains in effect for the Thumb region after persistent rain left large parts of the region under water on Wednesday.

Cities in the Detroit metropolitan area received between 1 and 3 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, said Sara Schultz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

At 4:47 p.m., the flood warning was no longer in effect for Metro Detroit. The warning remained in effect for Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Several communities appeared to avoid severe flooding, but some areas experienced heavy rain. Davison received 4.3 inches (110 mm) of rain, Schultz said. Some residential areas in Burton, near Flint, also flooded.

Rain is expected to continue until Thursday morning.

According to its outage map, DTE Energy reported 8,765 people without power as of 5:30 p.m. Most outages were in Oakland and Wayne counties, where more than 6,400 people were affected. Consumers Energy reported 14,573 customers without power as of 5:30 p.m.

Due to the wet weather, events throughout the greater Detroit area had to be canceled.

Metro Detroit Youth Day has been postponed from Tuesday to Thursday at Belle Isle Park in Detroit due to weather. And Clinton Township officials have postponed the fireworks display and concert until Thursday.

Flooding also caused a headache in Ann Arbor. Officials from the University of Michigan’s Department of Public Safety and Order said in a post on X that flooding had become a hazard in the Palmer Drive parking garage and warned the public to avoid the building until further notice.

Meanwhile, traffic jams occurred on several highways in Detroit. The underpass at Wyoming Street and Southern Avenue in Dearborn was heavily flooded on Wednesday morning.

Michigan Department of Transportation officials said flooding on Interstate 94 near Chene blocked the right lane and shoulder at 1:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, temperatures after the rain are expected to rise above 80 to 85 degrees, which is typical in Detroit in early July, Schultz said.

“It will dry tonight,” she said.

In the Detroit metropolitan area, temperatures will range between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius on Thursday, while they will drop to below 27 degrees on Friday.

By Monday, the heat could return in full force as temperatures drop below 35 degrees Celsius again, Schultz said.

By Isla