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Thunderstorms spawn 60 mph wind, black out 159,000

August 27, 2014
Associated Press

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of southern Michigan, 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out at least 159,000 electricity customers.

The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit.

DTE Energy Co. says 150,000 customers were powerless Tuesday evening. CMS. Energy Corp. says 3,000 of 9,000 affected customers remained out.

Flooding has closed parts of Interstates 75 and 94 in Detroit.



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