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UPDATE: Storm Blows Through White Lake, Wreaks Minor Havoc

White Lake Police are reporting downed wires and trees across the township. A small portion of residents are without power.

UPDATE: Storm Blows Through White Lake, Wreaks Minor Havoc

9 a.m. Tuesday

There are still people without power in White Lake.

If you are without power or air-conditioning there are areas in the township you can go to get out of the heat including the and the . 's pool also has open swim hours each day posted here.

The power outages are as follows:

  • 47 residents off Elizabeth near Lakeview, estimated restoration is late tonight.
  • 16 residents near Beachway, estimated restoration is Wednesday between 9-11 p.m.
  • 110 residents between Hill and Ormond near Grass Lake. Estimated restoration is late tonight.
  • 25 residents along Pontiac Lake near Brendel, no estimate on when it will return.

Oakland County is expected to endure its worst combination of heat and humidity to hit southeast Michigan in more than 15 years, according to the National Weather Service.

The area is under a heat advisory and an air quality alert for the entire region as heat indexes are expected to be in the 90s on Tuesday — a slight drop from Monday — but exceed 100 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. The heat index is a combination of temperature and relative humidity.

"The heat wave this week is expected to be the longest duration of hot and humid conditions since July of 1995," the alert said.

The advisory said a high pressure zone in the middle of North America working with a subtropical Bermuda high that is pumping in moisture is creating the weather pattern.

The combination of high temperatures and humidity is dangerous, the advisory said, advising caution when outside.

"When possible reschedule, strenuous activities to early morning or evening," the heat advisory said. "Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. 

"To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency."

4 p.m. Monday

The storm was short-lived, but high winds left their mark in White Lake Township.

Erica Sikma told White Lake Patch a tree was downed on Ormond Road, north of Jackson Blvd.

"A good Samaritan stopped and help us get it out of the road," Sikma wrote on facebook. "The (police) officer dispatched said the Road Commission will be out to pick up downed trees throughout the area later this evening."

DTE is reporting a total of 618 customers without power in White Lake. There are currently no estimates on when power will be restored.

To see the DTE Outage Map click here.

The largest outages are near Hill Road in the northwest quadrant of the township, and off Williams Lake Road in the eastern portion of the township.

Other residents are reporting only minor damage and the loss of satellite television service.

Do you have a downed line or tree near you? Send your storm damage photos to brooke .meier@patch.com.

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