Monroe teen electrocuted in Michigan storms


A powerful line of thunderstorms with winds of up to 74 mph slammed parts of southeast and west Michigan on Monday night, leaving a path of destruction from broken wires and toppled trees

and tree branches. A 14-year-old girl was electrocuted in the storm's aftermath. More than 390,000 people did not have electricity early Tuesday, after the storms.A 14-year-old girl was killed

when she touched a fallen power wire in the 1400 block of Peters Street in Monroe. At 7:41 p.m., Monroe police and firefighters arrived on the scene and discovered the girl touching the live wire.

By the time emergency personnel arrived, "it was evident that she had died of her injuries," and DTE employees had disconnected the power line. On arrival, police learned that the victim

and her friend had been strolling through the victim's backyard, where they smelled what they thought was a bonfire. When she reached for what she thought was a stick, she actually grabbed

the live electrical wire, "a Facebook post from the Monroe Police Department said. Forecasters from the National Weather Service thought that unconfirmed reports of a tornado in Richmond were

really caused by a "gustnado," which is a strong wind that spins but doesn't connect to a cloud base like a traditional tornado. Late on Monday, MSP tweeted that they had responded to Richmond

because of "significant wind damage to property," attributing it to an "unconfirmed tornado." MSP troopers assisted with damage assessments, road blockages due to downed power lines,

and welfare checks in the affected communities. According to MSP, injuries were not reported, according to MSP.On Tuesday morning, MDOT reported that a downed power line had forced the closure

of eastbound M-14 at Beck Road in Wayne County.A total of 243,561 DTE Energy customers and 149,323 Consumers Energy customers were still without power as of Tuesday morning.

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