140,000 without power as storms rip through Michigan

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140,000 without power as storms rip through Michigan

Nearly 140,000 customers in Michigan are without power this morning after storms hit the Detroit area Saturday night.

Poweroutage.us reports 138,990 customers in the state lack power.

PHOTO: Detroit Fire Fighters control a downed power line caused by extreme winds on July 24, 2021,  from a severe thunderstorm that rolled through the city and also caused severe flooding of roads and homes. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: Detroit Fire Fighters control a downed power line caused by extreme winds on July 24, 2021, from a severe thunderstorm that rolled through the city and also caused severe flooding of roads and homes. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)

Ferocious storms whipped through the Detroit metro area and led to a tornado watch for other areas including Armada, ABC News affiliate, WXYZ reported.

In the storm's wake, trees, houses and businesses sustained major damage.

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"It appears there might have been a tornado, we have to wait for officials to make that determination, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel told WXYZ. "There's a substantial amount of damage to businesses, houses, power lines down."

PHOTO: A severe thunderstorm rolled through the city of Detroit bringing a downpour that flooded I-94 and many other roadways in and around the city as well as resident's homes, July 24, 2021. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: A severe thunderstorm rolled through the city of Detroit bringing a downpour that flooded I-94 and many other roadways in and around the city as well as resident's homes, July 24, 2021. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)

The Detroit Police Department issued an alert for area residents, cautioning them roadways are flooded and not to drive through standing water.

The storm comes amid a tumultuous weather season in the United States as wildfires and drought ravage the West, and unprecedented rainfall and floods plague the Northeast as well as other areas of the country.

PHOTO: A severe thunderstorm hit Dearborn, Mich., causing significant flooding on Ford Road and other streets where some motorists who braved the waters were forced to abandon their vehicles, July 24, 2021. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: A severe thunderstorm hit Dearborn, Mich., causing significant flooding on Ford Road and other streets where some motorists who braved the waters were forced to abandon their vehicles, July 24, 2021. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)

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PHOTO: A severe thunderstorm rolled through the city of Detroit bringing a downpour that flooded I-94 and many other roadways in and around the city as well as resident's homes, July 24, 2021. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: A severe thunderstorm rolled through the city of Detroit bringing a downpour that flooded I-94 and many other roadways in and around the city as well as resident's homes, July 24, 2021. (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)

Wildfllife is also feeling the effects of the severe weather. Baby birds have been jumping out of their nests to escape the heat and falling to the ground, on the West Coast. A bear and her cubs jumped into a home's pool to cool off from the recent scorching temperatures in the Pacific Northwest.

ABC News' Ben Stein and Will McDuffie contributed to this report.

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