Superstorm Sandy makes its mark on Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Superstorm Sandy makes its mark on Mid-Michigan

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HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Winds were whipping, sparks were flying and waves were crashing as Superstorm Sandy made its mark on Huron County on Tuesday morning.

"I've been coming up here all my life and I've never seen waves that big. Never. It's crazy," said Rick Lipinski as he watched in awe.

Driving conditions were hazardous, but people still braved the conditions just to get a look at the effects of this superstorm.

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"It's awesome. It's almost knocking me off the road," remarked Nathan Coleman, who drove nearly two hours from Millington to see Lake Huron more active than ever. He says the wind is a force to be reckoned with. "It almost pushed me off the road a couple times. I was slowing down for the big sand spots so I didn't get pushed in the sand. It's pretty slimy."

With winds gusting between 20 and 30 miles per hour, many large old trees gave way under the pressure. The high winds kept firefighters across the county busy watching over live power lines snapped by fallen trees.

Officials say there have been no reports of serious injuries in the county. And while it's safer being out of the elements, people TV5 caught up with were willing to take the risk to see this historic storm in action.

"It's a once in a lifetime thing," commented Melody Harber. "We don't get weather like this everyday, especially where I live. [It was] Something to see," said Coleman.

There have been many reports of damage around Mid-Michigan from the storm. In Harbor Beach, a tree that was four feet in diameter was knocked down. There is tree damage throughout Sanilac County, and power lines were knocked down throughout the Tri-Cities.

Peak wind gusts exceeded 40 mph for many towns. Port Hope reported 55 mph wind gusts. 47 mph wind gusts were reported in Bad Axe. Flint and Saginaw reported 44 mph and 39 mph, respectively.

Mid-Michigan will continue to see chances of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy until Thursday. Winds are still expected to be breezy, but not as strong as what was experienced Monday and Tuesday.

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