A series of heavy midwestern thunderstorm thunderstorms may have halted the heatwave in the east of the country, where hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan and Wisconsin are out of power while residents are repairing the damage.
The thunderstorms brought storm wind gusts from South Dakota to Southern Minnesota in two rounds on Friday night and Saturday, with a separate group of storms over Wisconsin and Michigan.
"I was so scared, I really thought I was going to die," Lisa Gast told FOX11.
A storm with dark clouds, strong winds and falling temperatures sets in over Flint, Michigan, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Kathryn Ziesig / The Flint Journal on AP)
Guest who drove to her home in Mountain Mountain on the first storm lap from work reported her about 65 miles northwest of Green Bay in her 20 years in the community Never experienced a storm like on a Friday night.
"I wanted to go home to my family," she said.
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According to poweroutage.us, more than 564,000 power outages were reported on Sunday morning in Wisconsin and Michigan as a result of the storm.
The vast majority of failures were reported in Michigan, where, according to DTE Energy, at 6 am on Sunday, 375,000 customers were de-energized due to the two storm waves that swept through Southeast Michigan on Friday and Saturday.
The extent of power outages in southeast Michigan starting Sunday morning. (DTE Energy)
"I know it's very difficult and uncomfortable to live without electricity, but especially at today's record heat," spokeswoman Heather Rivard told FOX2. A drop in temperature will take place on Saturday, July 20 2019 via Flint, Michigan. “/>
A storm with strong winds and a drop in temperature will move into Flint, Michigan on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Kathryn Ziesig / MLive.com / The Flint Journal on AP)
Rivard said crews working 16-hour shifts around the clock called for assistance, with several crew members arriving from North Indiana on Saturday afternoon arrived. Officials have answered calls for more than 1,500 failed power lines due to storms.
"There may be more cables out there and we recommend that if you see a failed line, you can not get near the line and call DTE immediately," Rivard told FOX2.
DTE expects power to be restored to all affected customers by the end of Tuesday.
The extreme heat caused storms throughout Metro Detroit and southeastern Michigan. The areas were affected by floods, 60 miles per hour wind and egg hail.
Since then, temperatures have dropped and are expected to be in the low 80s early in the week.
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A tree uprooted by a morning storm crushes a parked vehicle in front of an apartment building in Mankato, Minnesota, Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Jackson Forderer / The Free Press on AP)
WPS and We Energies spokesman Matt Cullen told FOX11 that the priority is to treat run-down power lines that are still under power.
we shared on Twitter that they powered more than 33,000 customers on Saturday afternoon after "significant damage".
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The line of severe thunderstorms that hit South Dakota, Minnesota, was dubbed the Derecho, a widespread, long-lived, straight-ahead windstorm that hit with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms.
"The Derecho and other severe thunderstorms erupting over the Midwest were fueled on Saturday by the oppressive heat and humidity in much of the nation," said lead AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.