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    Detroit: Dry Conditions to Follow Intense Flash Flooding

    By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    August 16, 2014, 12:09:27 PM EDT

    Heavy thunderstorms impacted the Detroit area with widespread flash flooding and numerous closed roadways on Monday. Two people died as a result, according to the Associated Press.

    The AP also reported that roughly 1,000 cars were abandoned in wake of the flooding according to Warren, Michigan, Mayor James Fouts.

    Detroit received a record 4.57 inches of rain on Monday making for the wettest August day in the city's history.

    The damaging rainfall caused roads around the metro area to be closed and cars to be abandoned as water levels proved too high to drive in. Additionally, water rescues were performed to save people who drove through waters that were too high.

    The Michigan Department of Transportation also reported mud, debris and abandoned cars as impeding their ability to clear roadways. Drivers were urged Tuesday morning to leave early and seek alternative routes if normal roadways were still impassable.

    Many roads remained closed on Tuesday morning according to the Michigan DOT as crews worked to clear the roads.


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    Crews were also forced to check the safety of area bridges after sinkholes opened up near roadways and powerful rain caused structural damage to some overpasses.

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    Fortunately for the area, dry conditions are expected over the next several days. Skies should be partly sunny and clear until Saturday.

    Temperatures will hover near the mid-70s to low 80s. Slightly lower than normal, the average temperature for this time of year is 81 F.


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    Overnight temperatures could dip significantly into the low 50s. Thursday night will bring the chance for a record-breaking low of 49 F, previously set in 1979.

    Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday brings the threat of spotty thunderstorms but should clear out for a humid Sunday.

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