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Published: Monday, 7/28/2014

Power back for majority of 223,000 hit by storms

Crews restore power most hit in Michigan‘‍s lower Peninsula


MIDLAND, Mich. — Crews have restored power to a majority of the 223,000 that were blacked out when severe thunderstorms hit Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

DTE Energy Co. says about 83,000 of its 186,000 customers that lost power following storms Sunday remained without service Monday night. DTE says most should have power by late Wednesday.

CMS Energy Corp.‘s Consumers Energy unit says about 350 of its 37,000 affected customers remained blacked out Monday night, with almost all expected to be back online before midnight.

The National Weather Service reports storm winds reached 70 mph, knocking down trees and ripping roofs off buildings. It says 3-inch hail fell near Midland.

The weather service says storms damaged 80 percent of the units at a mobile home park in Oakland County’s Highland Township.

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