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Published: Wednesday, 10/7/2009

High winds leave 104,000 without power in Michigan


DETROIT — About 104,000 Michigan utility customers are without power after overnight wind gusts up to 45 mph battered parts of the state.

DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons said Wednesday about 54,000 southeast Michigan customers are blacked out, including 22,000 in Oakland County, 19,000 in Wayne County and 5,000 in Macomb County.

Consumers Energy spokesman Timothy Pietryga said 50,000 of the Jackson-based utility's customers were without power in the western and northwestern part of the state.

Pietryga said outages include 9,600 customers in Kent County, 6,200 in Muskegon County, 6,500 in Ottawa County and 3,700 in Allegan County.

DTE and CMS officials did not estimate when power would be restored.

A wind advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. EDT for much of lower Michigan.

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