A heavy storm fell on the Rochester area on Friday, right around the time commuters were heading home from work.
Reports of flooding and power outages quickly followed. One of the hardest-hit areas seemed to be near the Hampton Shopping Center area of Rochester Hills and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Streets, cars and mailboxes were seen under water; the Hampton Golf Course flooded, too.
"I’ve lived her for nine years and it’s never flooded like this," said Elspeth Coats, who lives in the Hampton subdivision.
On the Rochester Patch Facebook page, residents talked about trying to drive on a flooding Rochester Road — a sight they said they had never seen before.
More than an inch of rain fell in the storm, which started in Rochester shortly before 5 p.m.
About 550 DTE Energy customers in Rochester Hills and Oakland Township lost power. The most widespread power outage was between Adams and Brewster, south of Tienken Road. Power was expected to be restored early Saturday morning.
The heavy rain caused the Clinton River to overflow its banks on Auburn Road near Opdyke Road just over the Rochester Hills city limit. Kyla Schroeder shared with Rochester Patch a photo of the Country Kitchen restaurant in nearby Auburn Hills partly under water.
More rain and possibly another thunderstorm were in the forecast overnight Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Rain was expected to continue Saturday until about 3 p.m.