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Cars abandoned at this I-96 overpass in northwest Detroit, Michigan. The freeway became impassible where the water was over 2-feet-deep due to the rains the previous day. Photo: Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) declared a state of emergency Saturday over what she called "extraordinary flooding," which caused power outages, sewer backups and left dozens of drivers stranded.

Driving the news: Flood watches were in place through Sunday, after up to 7 inches of rain fell in some parts of the state over the past few days, per the National Weather Service.

The big picture: More than 47,000 customers were without power in Michigan as of early Sunday, per the national tracking system PowerOutage.US.

  • The flooding saw some 350 vehicles damaged and resulted in about 50 drivers having to be rescued after becoming stranded in parts of the state including Detroit and Wayne County, per the New York Times.
  • Detroit Water and Sewage Department director Gary Brown told a news conference Saturday that the "intensity of these storms exceeded the design standard for pump stations and combined sewer overflow facilities."
  • "With this much rain, there is nowhere for the water to go other than flooding streets and basements," Brown added.

What to watch: "Additional rain tonight will prolong these flooding conditions," the NWS said in its report late Saturday.

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Go deeper: Pacific Northwest heat dome roasts more than 25M

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Oct 2, 2021 - Energy & Environment

There's no outrunning the risks of climate-fueled weather

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Data: FEMA; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Some regions of the U.S. are safer from climate-fueled extreme weather events than others, but no region will be untouched, especially as greenhouse gases keep building up in the atmosphere.

The big picture: The map above shows major disasters declared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the past two decades — a snapshot that ranges from hurricanes and severe storms to wildfires and drought.

Homeowners face new risks and costs

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Tom Brenner/AFP via Getty Images)

Property owners are now seeing the real, personal cost of climate change, as some homes are in danger of becoming increasingly expensive to insure — forcing property values to plummet and turning interested buyers away.

  • Starting this month, new National Flood Insurance Program policies will no longer include subsidized plans that for decades helped prop up home values in some of the most dangerous flood zones. 

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.