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Storms miss S.W. Michigan but tear up mid-Michigan

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Slow down for work crews. (photo provided by Consumers Energy)
Slow down for work crews. (photo provided by Consumers Energy)

UNDATED (WKZO) -- Aside from a few showers and some breezy conditions in south west Michigan, it was one of the nicest weekends we have seen since last year.

Just a few miles to the north, waves of stormy weather knocked down trees, left 174-thousand homes and businesses without power, damaged homes and cars, left roads flooded and ruined a lot of weekends.

They will still be assessing and cleaning up the damage for the next few days.

The National Weather Services says straight line winds of up to 80 MPH did the damage, also collapsed outbuildings and airport hangers.

Dan Bishop at Consumers Energy says at the peak 106-thousand of their customers were left in the dark.

About 60-thousand are without power as of Sunday evening.

He says folks should avoid downed wires whether they think they are power lines or not.

They have brought in extra crews from Indiana and Ohio to help speed the repairs.

It’s not over. Clean-up and repair crews will be dealing with frosty temperatures and a chance for snow overnight Monday through Tuesday.

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