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Homeowner cutting tree knocks out power to thousands

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A school district let out early, and a courthouse forced to close after thousands lose power.

At one point, more than 6,000 Consumers Energy customers in Gladwin County were without power. Despite the power being restored at 12:46 p.m. Gladwin Community Schools let students go home at 1:15 p.m.

The Gladwin County Courthouse was also forced to close its doors today because of the outage.

Consumers Energy reports that the outage was caused by a homeowner in the Gaylord area. Apparently the homeowner cut down a tree on his property and it made contact with two power lines, and locked out three substations.

No one was hurt.

Click here for the Consumers Energy outage map.

See our list of closings and delays here.

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