Storm Damage, Power Outages Reported Across Michigan Following Severe Weather
Severe storms packing winds up to 60 mph moved through Michigan Tuesday evening leaving behind scattered wind damage, widespread power outages and flooding in a good portion of the lower peninsula. According to the National Weather Service, the storms dropped up to 3 inches of rain in the Grand Rapids area. The Allegan County Sheriff's office reported numerous vehicle slide-offs along southbound US-131 between Dorr and Wayland due to standing water on the expressway.
Over 100,000 homes and businesses across the state were still without power as of Wednesday morning. According to Consumer's Energy, most outages spread from the Ludington area along Lake Michigan to the northwestern section of Saginaw Bay. DTE Energy also reported a few thousand outages in the Thumb-region in and around the communities of Deckerville and Port Austin.
Officials closed several miles of a state road in the Cadillac area for a time because of fallen trees and power lines. Newaygo County issued an alert Tuesday evening saying that the storms caused "substantial" damage across the county. The sheriff's office said several roads are impassable until crews could clear them.
The storms did bring much cooler weather to the region which is expected to last the next few days with a slight warm up forecast for Labor Day weekend.
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