Strong winds cause widespread power outages - WNEM TV 5

Strong winds cause widespread power outages

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It's been a busy 24-hours for emergency crews in Mid-Michigan.

WNEM TV5 has learned from Saginaw County Central Dispatch that between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday, fire departments in the county had handled more than 250 calls.

Meanwhile, several thousand customers have lost electricity as gusting winds sweep across Michigan.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory Thursday for much of Mid-Michigan. It says more than three inches of rain was possible in places by the time the storms that began Wednesday wrap up on Thursday.

Northeasterly winds are expected to persist through the morning hours with peak gusts around 45 mph.  

The strongest winds are expected along the shoreline of the Saginaw Bay, while 20-foot waves may hit southern Lake Michigan.

Damage to trees and unsecured property is likely throughout the morning.

Officials say travel along M-25 and I-75 will be made difficult by the gusty winds, especially for high profile vehicles.

"A strong low pressure system will continue to move north across the state today. As it does, the windy and soggy conditions will remain in the forecast," said TV5 meteorologist Catherine Bodak. "Temperatures today will only reach the upper 40s and low 50s. The rain will become scattered in the overnight with cold temperatures settling in with lows in the upper 30s overnight."

County-by-county power outages due to high winds around Michigan:

  • Bay County 1,757
  • Bay City 663
  • Saginaw County 5,228
  • Shiawassee County 65
  • Genesee County 118
  • Gratiot County 394
  • Midland County 6
  • Clare County 29
  • Arenac County 470
  • Gladwin County 2
  • Tuscola County 100
  • Huron County 1,000
  • Lapeer County 100
  • Sanilac County 19

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