Severe weather downs power lines, still arcing in neighborhoods

ROMEO, Mich. (WXYZ) - Some neighborhoods braced for multiple rounds of high winds and heavy rains, as storms sparked a chain reaction of damage for some Macomb County neighborhoods.

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In Romeo, it started with a bang, as lightning split a 200 year old maple tree, taking down several power lines in the process, still arcing hours after the first jolt.

"We never had anything like this." said Barbara Jacobs, whose house was just yards away from where the tree fell, "Maybe some wires coming down from the ice, but a storm? No."

Jacobs' neighbor Andy Theis' grabbed his camera and captured the live wires sparking all as the storm surged.

"It was just flashing and arcing," said Theis, "There were probably at least two loose ends we could see."

And if the first storm wasn't enough, another one later in the evening brought even more lightning and rain. The wires, still live, sparked small fires, prompting crews to take action and warn residents to keep their distance.

"Stay away, I can't say it enough," said Romeo-Bruce Fire Chief Floyd Shotwell, "You cannot touch these fences, they got charges, primaries laying on them. You don't know what's charged and what isn't."

DTE crews on scene say power in the neighborhood will most likely be restored by Tuesday morning.

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