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Thunderstorms bring roadway flooding to Michigan

Flood warnings are being posted in southern Michigan.
Tom Grundy
Flood warnings are being posted in southern Michigan.

Update: 5/26/11 6:52 a.m.

DETROIT (AP) - Thunderstorms have dumped more than 4 inches of rain on parts of southern Michigan, causing widespread flooding of streets, expressways and basements. The National Weather Service says 4.15 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period Wednesday in Detroit, while 3.12 inches fell in Ann Arbor and 3.1 inches in Wayne County's Canton Township. Flood warnings were in effect across several southeastern counties Wednesday night.

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Original Post: 5/25/11 5:21 p.m

DETROIT (AP) - Heavy rain has caused some roadway flooding in the Detroit area as severe thunderstorms push across southern Michigan.

The National Weather Service tells The Detroit News that 2.9 inches of rain fell Wednesday through noon in Detroit, and the downpour continued into the afternoon.

Rain left some motorists stranded when they drove into water that was too high for them to navigate. The weather service has issued flash flood watches for parts of the central Lower Peninsula and flood warnings in southern Michigan.

The weather service says damaging winds and large hail are possible into Wednesday night. Tornado watches have been issued for Berrien, Branch, Cass and St. Joseph counties in southwestern Michigan.

And more thunderstorms and heavy rain are forecast for Thursday.

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