Update, 3:30 p.m.: At least three house fires have been reported as a result of the storms, while WWJ 950 reports that a Dearborn woman was injured by a falling tree. Dearborn police were not available for comment on the matter.
Monday afternoon's high winds and heavy rains have caused numerous power outages, flooded roads and downed power lines throughout Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
More than 1,500 Dearborn DTE customers are already without power, according to the company's outage map. Reported outages are concentrated between Oakwood Boulevard and Outer Drive on Michigan Avenue. The west downtown area also has been hit hard by outages.
At least 3,000 Dearborn Heights residents are without power as well, with outages stretching from Ford Road to Warren Street, east of Beech Daly Road.
The power outages have affected stop lights throughout Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, backing up traffic and grinding commuters to a halt. Traffic lights at Cherry Hill and Telegraph, Cherry Hill and Gulley and Michigan Avenue and Outer Drive have all gone out, according to reports. The light at the Ford-Telegraph intersection is running on generator power. Traffic there is slow, as well.
High winds near Telegraph and Rockford sent a tree into power lines in a residential area, causing a small fire, according to reports. There also are large trees down in the middle of Telegraph and Cherry Hill, adding more obstacles to the already wet roads for drivers.
Check back to Dearborn Patch throughout the afternoon for updates.