8.3.15: Sunday storms prove to be deadly
— A sudden storm that brought high winds, hail and rain to a Chicago suburb collapsed a tent, where people attending a festival had sought shelter, killing one person. More than a dozen were injured Sunday. The tent was ripped from its moorings and fell on some people. The annual celebration known as the Prairie Fest, is a four-day event with food, live music, a carnival and fireworks.
The Sunday storm also impacted Michigan.
Officials say storms carrying damaging winds and heavy rain spawned at least one tornado in Michigan and knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.
The National Weather Service says a tornado hit the Huron County community of Owendale about 6:40 p.m. Sunday, damaging the roof of a school and knocking down trees. Meteorologist Steven Freitag says there were no reports of injuries.
In the northern Lower Peninsula, storms started around 10 a.m. Sunday and lasted for about 12 hours. The Leelanau County community of Glen Arbor was hit hard by winds. Power outages were reported in Traverse City, where a free outdoor movie was scratched.
On Sunday, the Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas was temporarily closed at one point as winds hit 65 mph.
Heavy rains as part of severe thunderstorms left roads slick and caused flash flooding in parts of Michigan.
Meteorologist Steven Freitag at the National Weather Service office in Oakland County’s White Lake Township says it had been fairly dry for the month leading up the storms, leaving the ground able to absorb much of the rainfall Sunday and early Monday.
Freitag says more than 2 inches fell in places.
The Detroit News reports that the northbound Interstate 75 ramp at eastbound I-94 in Detroit was closed early Monday due to flooding, as was southbound I-75 ramp to eastbound I-94. About a foot of water accumulated on the northbound ramp.
Spinout crashes were reported on rain-covered roads. Some traffic lights were out due to power outages from the storm.