DETROIT (WWJ) – The latest round of storms hitting metro Detroit has left thousands of DTE customers without power across the area. And the city of Detroit has been hit hard by storm damage.

Some residents and businesses in the area of 7 Mile Road and Woodward Ave. are among those who lost power. That busy intersection was being treated as a four-way stop during the morning commute because the traffic signals were out.

Traffic on westbound 7 Mile, just west of Woodward, had to slow down as it approaches a tree that’s nearly across all three lanes.

Trees down at 7 Mile Road and Woodward Ave. (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)
Many of the trees lining the streets of the Palmer Woods area were uprooted or large branches have snapped off like twigs.

Cliff Cheeks who was out walking his dog told WWJ Newsradio 950 he listened intently as the storm blew through the hard-hit area.

“The wind was tremendous this morning. I was concerned because it was whipping,” said Cheeks.

He added, “You could feel the trees moving, not just blowing but moving. So I wasn’t surprised to come out and see some of the damage that we see out here with the trees. I’m just thankful that I haven’t seen any homes damaged yet. That’s the bottom line.”

Cheeks also said he’s been without power since the first storm hit early Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for DTE energy said at least 200,000 Southeast Michigan homes and businesses were in the dark Thursday morning. Crews were expected to be working double-shifts into the weekend to get everyone back online.

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