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High winds cause outages, visibility issues across Mid-Michigan

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Summer-like weather continues across Mid-Michigan today, but heavy wind gusts are already causing quite the mess in our northern counties.

Roger Morgenstern, information director for Consumers Energy, said crews worked through the night to restore power to more than 8,000 customers after thunderstorms moved through northern Michigan. 

Morgenstern said crews are also preparing for additional outages throughout the day as winds continue to increase. 

Consumers Energy is reporting more than 2,000 customers without power. The outages began early Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for several Mid-Michigan counties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wind gusts are expected to exceed 40 mph in some areas.

Authorities are warning drivers that winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. 

Drivers on M-81 just west of Reese report the wind is so strong it's blowing dust and dirt along the highway, reducing visibility to zero at times. 

Drivers are asked to use extra caution.

Here’s a list of reported outages in our northern counties:

  • Alcona County - 606
  • Bay County - 49
  • Genesee County - 1,358
  • Iosco - 381
  • Ogemaw County - 616
  • Oscoda County - 413
  • Saginaw County - 256
  • Shiawassee County - 164

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