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Thousands still without power in Mid-Michigan

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Many Mid-Michigan residents remain without power after a weekend ice storm struck much of the state.

Consumers Energy says about 2,000 customers are offline in an area of Forest Township in Genesee County. That covers the towns of Otisville, Otter Lake and the Pine Run area.

There are pockets of outages in the Mount Morris, Beecher and Flint areas. Also, may people are still without power in an area stretching from Montrose south to Flushing and New Lothrop. Consumers officials estimate that most areas should have power restored either Friday or Saturday evening.

DTE Energy says that thousands still remain without power from in Lapeer and Sanilac counties. DTE says it "expects the last of its customers to be restored by the weekend."

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says 86,500 of its customers were offline late Thursday morning. It says 348,000 of them have lost power at one time or another since the storm hit Saturday night.

Lansing Board of Water & Light said Thursday the capital city's power system has about 4,400 customers offline out of 35,000 affected.

Similarly, some CMS customers may have to wait until Saturday to get power back.

Because of the storms, authorities say a 73-year-old woman who ran a stop light that was out of service because of Michigan's ice storm was killed when a pickup truck struck her SUV.

Flint police say the crash happened on Christmas Eve. The truck's driver stopped at the intersection and then proceeded when the woman's Chevrolet vehicle struck it.

The woman's name wasn't released. The pickup's driver was unhurt.

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