Strong winds topple trees, power lines
DETROIT – There's no question it was a storm that went through the Detroit-area, but it didn't have snow or lightning. Monday afternoon and evening it was all about the wind, and lots of it.
We saw toppled trees all over town, many of them taking down power lines. And right now there are more than 130,000 homes and businesses without power, mostly in Wayne and Oakland counties.
One woman arrived home after a hard day's work to find her apartment had gone up in flames. Now, dozens of families are left out in the cold without homes after a fire ripped through a Westland apartment building.
"I yelled at girlfriend and kids, 'We got to get out now,'" one resident said.
High winds caused the flames to move quickly, taking out the entire building.
"I tried to run in and get my dog but they wouldn't let me," the resident said.
The heavy winds have been wreaking havoc all day long, leaving families like Rachael Diehl's in the dark.
"They said they won't have an estimated restoration time until 6 in the morning," Diehl said.
She's boiling water to keep her 3-month-old baby boy warm.
Diehl said she fears her Thanksgiving feast she just bought will spoil and her little one's first Thanksgiving. It will be one to remember, but for all the wrong reasons.
"I am very nervous," she said. "Thanksgiving is in two days, so I'm nervous."
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