Severe storms leave damage, flooding in their wake as they moved through Southeast Michigan

Possible tornado damaged Macomb County town

Storm damage in Armada on July 24, 2021.
Storm damage in Armada on July 24, 2021. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Severe storms moved through Southeast Michigan Saturday (July 24) evening.

Multiple tornado and severe weather warnings were triggered throughout the evening.

There were tornado warnings in Macomb, St. Clair and Oakland counties that were lifted before 8:30 p.m. A tornado warning in Genesee County expired at 7 p.m. and a tornado warning in Saginaw County expired at 5:30 p.m.

There was a potential tornado reported in the town of Armada. One resident reported their roof fell in.

Read: Potential tornado damages buildings, takes down trees and power lines in Armada

Thousands are without power in Southeast Michigan.

The Great Lakes Water Authority released the following statement:

“GLWA wants to alert the community, especially those in in low lying areas and those who have previously received flooding, that NOAA is predicting severe storms tonight, and has issued a flash flood warning for Detroit and Wayne County.

The regional system is working as designed, entering the storm in dry weather conditions, and currently has capacity to handle the expected flows into the system.

In anticipation of the severe weather, GLWA has staffed accordingly, including at the Conners Creek and Freud Pumps Stations.”


A flash flood warning has been issued for the following counties:

  • Macomb County until 12:45 a.m. Sunday (July 25)
  • Wayne County until 1 a.m. Sunday (July 25)

Severe storms cause flooding in Wayne County

Severe storms cause flooding in Wayne County.
Severe storms cause flooding in Wayne County.

Heavy rains caused roads to flood, leaving drivers stuck in the water.

The Detroit Fire Department did have to rescue a woman who was stuck in a vehicle that had become stuck in the floodwaters.

The Southfield Freeway at Grand River Avenue was particularly impacted by the flooding.

By 11:30 p.m. the water had started subsiding.

Heavy rains cause flooding in Oakland County

Severe weather impacts Oakland County.
Severe weather impacts Oakland County.

Oakland County was also an area that was hit hard by the severe storms.

Many intersections in Pontiac were flooded due to the heavy rain



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