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Storms black out 267,000 in Michigan, cause death

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Utility crews are working to restore power to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses after a winter storm packing high winds and up to 15 inches of snow blacked out more than a quarter-million electricity customers statewide and caused a fatal crash.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department says 19-year-old Samantha Anthony of Lawrence Township died Sunday morning after skidding in front of a tractor-trailer on snowy Interstate 94 in her Kalamazoo-area community.

The storm that hit Friday also triggered deadly tornadoes across the Midwest.

CMS Energy Corp .says about 51,000 customers remained without service at 4 p.m. Sunday, down from 147,000. DTE Energy Co. says about 5,000 of 120,000 customers remained powerless at 4 p.m.

Traverse City public schools are cancelling Monday's classes because of power failures.

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