Alert: High Wind Warnings Continue Wednesday 10-27-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Alert: High Wind Warnings Continue Wednesday 10-27-2010


SAGINAW, Mich. -- High wind warnings remain in effect for Michigan through Wednesday evening after a storm system swept into the state, knocking out power to at least 37,000 homes and businesses.
The storm's force Tuesday fell short of some predictions, and the sun emerged from behind the clouds across much of southern Michigan by late afternoon.
High winds continued after the rain passed, with gust reaching 52 miles per hour at Ludington on Lake Michigan in the Lower Peninsula and 56 at Escanaba across the lake in the Upper Peninsula.
Locally, winds reached around 55 mph in many Mid-Michigan locations.
The National Weather Service says winds gusting upward of 50 miles per hour are possible Wednesday in southeast Michigan, while gusts approaching 65 miles per hour are possible in northern parts of the state.
Consumers Energy says 25,000 homes and businesses lost power, while DTE Energy Co. says 12,000 of its customers were blacked out.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the system's pressure reading Tuesday was among the lowest ever in a non-tropical storm in the mainland U.S.
Agency spokeswoman Susan Buchanan says the storm is within the top 5 strongest storms in terms of low pressure, but may not be the strongest on record.

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