Gusting winds and rain whipped Berkley and Huntington Woods overnight into Tuesday morning, but the cities avoided major outages as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy spun westward.
A wind advisory expired at 1 p.m. Tuesday and a hazardous weather outlook was in place through Tuesdayevening for southeast Michigan, including Oakland County, according to the National Weather Service. A wind advisory means sustained winds of up to 30 miles per hour or gusts of 45 mph are expected, the forecasting agency says.
"Looks like I'll only have to rake one more time. Bonus!" reader Lynn Vander Meer joked on the Berkley Patch Facebook page.
While other southeast Michigan communities such as Rochester Hills and Oakland Township experienced significant power outages as the storm moved through, no customers lost power in Huntington Woods and only 25 in Berkley were without service Tuesday morning, according to DTE's outage map.
The utility said Monday that it anticipated outages if southeast Michigan experienced wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, as the National Weather Service forecast, as the far reaches of Hurricane Sandy lashed the area. The so-called "Frankenstorm" made landfall Monday on the East Coast, leaving massive destruction, millions without power and at least 16 deaths in its wake, according to cnn.com.
In Berkley and Huntington Woods, showers, gusting winds and high temperatures in the mid-40s are expected to continue through Halloween on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.