Storms, Wind Knock Out Power Across State 10-26-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Storms, Wind Knock Out Power Across State 10-26-2010

SAGINAW, Mich. -- Michigan remains under a high wind advisory with gusts expected to reach up to 60 miles per hour.
The wind advisory will remain in effect from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.
“The severe weather threat is now over, but the powerful low pressure system isn’t done with us, yet," said TV5 Chief Meteorologist Darrin Bradley. "Winds will still be gusting over 45 mph during the evening and gusting over 55 mph on Wednesday.”
Across Mid-Michigan on Tuesday night, power outages were reported in Genesee County, with 1,400 currently in the dark and 1,200 more are reported in Midland County. All other Mid-Michigan counties are normal.
At least 26,500 homes and businesses across Michigan's Lower Peninsula have lost power as severe storms and powerful winds barrel across the state.
Consumers Energy reports 14,500 outages Tuesday afternoon, many in western Michigan. DTE Energy Co. says 12,000 customers have lost electricity in the Detroit area.
The Grand Rapids Press reports several school closings due to a tornado watch. Afternoon classes in some central Michigan districts were canceled.
Winds have topped 35 mph on the Mackinac Bridge, which links Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. Traffic has continued to cross, with escorts for large trucks, school buses and vehicles towing trailers.
Byron Center, Holland and East Grand Rapids Public Schools were among several west Michigan schools closed due to a tornado watch that covers Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Ionia and Barry counties. Locally, St. Louis Schools in Gratiot County closed early as a precaution.

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