A power outage is making life miserable for tens of thousands of residents in Mid-Michigan.
DTE Energy Co. says about 210,000 of its customers were without power Thursday morning after a new round of damaging thunderstorms made its way across the state, knocking down trees and power lines.
Since Tuesday, DTE says about 300,000 of its customers have been affected.
The National Weather Service says wind gusts above 60 mph were reported as storms crossed the state Thursday.
The storms come after severe thunderstorms Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Another day of hot temperatures was in the forecast, with highs in the 90s.
CMS Energy Corp. unit Consumers Energy says more than 97,000 of its customers were without power, including about 36,000 in the Flint area. That number was down to 80,000 Thursday afternoon.
Genesee County Central Dispatch reported many active incidents; mainly involving streets blocked by trees and downed power lines. Many traffic lights in the same area were also out.
The second hardest hit area in Mid-Michigan was Shiawassee County -- with nearly 9,000 customers without power.
Around 4,388 customers were offline in Saginaw County.
A substation transformer failed at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, leaving 5,500 customers in Midland and Gladwin Counties in the dark.
We have received word that the outages in Midland and Gladwin Counties are expected to be restored around 8 p.m. Thursday. The outages affect customers in parts of Midland, Gladwin, Beaverton, Edenville, Hope and Sanford.
Consumers says a majority of customers without electric service are expected to be restored by late Friday. Customers in the hardest-hit areas may not receive electric service until Saturday or Sunday.
Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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