Parts of Oakland County are cleaning up after a series of powerful storms slammed the area.I left work hoping to drive in front of the storm. That didn't work, as I was assuming that it woulld pass from west to east or southwest to northeast, as weather usually does around here. Instead, I drove right into the teeth of the storm.
Over a distance of a quarter of a mile, I drove from dry to driving rain. Another quarter mile and the rain was coming down in buckets. A half mile after that, the streets were beginning to flood. At that time, WDET broke in with a severe thunderstorm warning for Detroit because of the storm I was driving through. The report included penny-sized hail, wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour, flash floods, and continuous air-to-ground lightning. The winds didn't blow that hard and the hail never got bigger than tiny pellets, but the flooding and lightning were all around me. I felt fortunate to come home safely. After viewing the video above, I feel even more lucky that my power stayed on and that I didn't have to clean up any storm damage.
As for the weather right now, it's gorgeous. I plan on walking downtown to run my errands, including getting my dogs licensed. Here's to performing some of my civic responsibilities sustainably.