Strong storms slam parts of Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Strong storms slam parts of Mid-Michigan

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This car was damaged by a falling tree in Bay City as the storms pushed through on Friday. This car was damaged by a falling tree in Bay City as the storms pushed through on Friday.

Strong, fast moving thunderstorms brought down trees and power lines in several areas of Mid-Michigan on Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service and TV5 Meteorologists said quarter-size hail and 60 mph wind gusts were possible, but the main type of damage reported was downed trees.

The severe thunderstorm mainly affected rural areas of northeastern Saginaw and southeastern Bay counties.

The following counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. Friday: Alcona, Alpena,  Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Oscoda, Roscommon, Clare, Gratiot and Isabella.

Trees and wires are down several Bay City neighborhoods. To view that damage, click through our slideshow on the left of this page.

The following counties are reporting power outages affecting residents:

  • Midland with 3,790 without power
  • Saginaw with 1,594
  • Bay with 3,270
  • Genesee with 4,750
  • Ogemaw with 4,069
  • Isabella with 2,150

Mark Prevost, with Bay City Light and Power, says that there are between 9,000 and 10,000 customers without power within Bay City and the surrounding countryside. Currently three substations are down and BC Light and Power ask that customers be patient since it will take a while to get those substations running. BCELP says to expect long delays as crews work to restore power and suggest those impacted make any necessary arrangements.

Stay with and TV5 as we update this story.

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