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Torrential Rains in Michigan Turn Highways into Waterways

Over the past 24 hours much of Michigan has had record breaking rainfall amounts. Though most of the state is starting to dry out, the northern half of Michigan is still dealing with heavy rains. A quite a few weather reporting stations have posted readings of rainfall rates at more then 1″ per hour — which lead to some flash flooding in parts of the Great Lakes State.

Let’s start with a recap of yesterday: Detroit saw a staggering 4.57″ of rain yesterday, and that was more than enough to shut down major roads in the city. Parts of the city’s interstate system were inundated with hugs amounts of storm runoff — especially I-94 and I-75.

Numerous social media posts from the area show cars, trucks and even big rigs nearly submerged.

Scenes like this were all to common an occurrence across the state on Monday. And people in some areas are still waiting for water to retreat.

For Northern Michigan the rain has yet to relent. The National Weather Service in Gaylord has reported numerous rainfall readings of well over an inch. Flash flood warning are still prevalent and are expected to remain in effect for most of Tuesday.

There are a lot videos on social media showing people driving through the flood waters. Even though you might be in a rush to get somewhere it’s not safe to drive through any standing water of an unknown depth.

According to the National Weather Service, a foot of water is enough to float a car. So it’s always a good idea to find an alternate route if you see fast-moving water across a roadway.

Unfortunately, some Michiganders didn’t heed that advice and the above images are proof of that. So, don’t let that happen to you, and might be cheesy but listen to the NWS: “Turn around and don’t drown.”

We’ll continue to monitor the flooding situation in Michigan, so make sure you stay with us for the latest updates.

Meteorologist Thomas Geboy

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