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Heavy storms hit southern Michigan, many lose power

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Tens of thousands of southwestern Michigan residents have lost power due to storms that dumped rain across the Midwest.

Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop says about 33,000 of the utility's 1.8 million customers were without power Thursday morning. Allegan, Kalamazoo and Van Buren were the counties most affected.

Bishop says most customers will have power restored by the afternoon, while some in the hardest-hit areas will have to wait until Friday. A Kalamazoo police cruiser was totaled while an officer directed traffic around downed power lines.

The officer wasn't hurt.

And on the other side of the state, some Detroit-area motorists had a tough commute as heavy rains from the night before caused flooding and standing water on roadways, including major freeways.

Meanwhile, the Lansing State Journal reports the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Ingham County and eastern Eaton County through midmorning.

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