Detroit Evening Report: 250k without power after severe storms in Metro Detroit

Listen to the latest episode of the “Detroit Evening Report” podcast.

A fallen tree on a house after a storm

A fallen tree in Detroit's North End neighborhood on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.

Severe thunderstorms Thursday night dumped heavy rains on areas of Metro Detroit, which was already dealing with flooding from Wednesday storms. High winds downed trees and power lines and contributed to hundreds of thousands of DTE customers losing power. The utility reports more than 253,000 customers were without power as of Friday afternoon.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has activated the states’ Emergency Operations Center to support communities in Southeast Michigan dealing with flooding.

Wayne County has declared a state of emergency in the hopes of freeing federal funds to help with the response.

The National Weather Service is sending survey teams to areas of Wayne and Monroe Counties that may have experienced tornadoes last night.

Subscribe to the Detroit Evening Report on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Other headlines for Aug. 25, 2023:

Do you have a community story we should tell? Let us know in an email at

Trusted, accurate, up-to-date.

WDET strives to make our journalism accessible to everyone. As a public media institution, we maintain our journalistic integrity through independent support from readers like you. If you value WDET as your source of news, music and conversation, please make a gift today.

Donate today »


  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.