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Thumb residents still cleaning up after Wednesday's storms

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Many residents in Michigan's Thumb area are still dealing with the aftermath from Wednesday's late night storms.

Some are still in the dark while others are just trying to clean up debris from their yards and homes.

It's nearly 2 days after a very powerful storm ripped through the thumb and homeowner Joseph Turner is still cleaning up the damage in Sebewaing. "The damage is tremendous," said Turner. "We are going to take this tree down that I have behind me, take it out to the street so they can get it shredded up and off my property."

The storm's damage still can seen throughout the community, with downed trees and limbs closing local streets. John Blanton is also spending the day picking up.

"[I finished] cleaning the yard, that's about it for the day," said Blanton. "I don't expect power to be on for another day."

Power lines are still down in some neighborhood, and crews are making an effort to try and restore electricity to the area. Straight line winds were the cause of the damage and the National Weather Service estimated those winds to be in between 80 and 90 miles per hour. 

"It's the worst I've ever seen it here," said Turner."It took a lot of trees and everything down."

First one in Michigan I've ever sat through and it's pretty different, it shut the town down completely," said Blanton.

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