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Heavy winds caused power outages for thousands

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THETFORD TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) -

High winds have caused downed tree limbs and power outages across Mid-Michigan.

Thousands of people in several communities lost power.

The National Weather Service issued Wind Advisories across the state as gusts of up to 50 mph swept through.

"Atrocious, all night long. Real gusty too," said Denny Mathison.

In Mid-Michigan lately, Mathison said it seems like it's one weather-related hazard after another.

Heavy winds swirled around his house overnight leaving him with a few issues.

"Oh well we lost power about 8:20 this morning," Mathison said.

Mathison lives along Farrand Road in Thetford Township. He said his neighborhood is surrounded by trees and losing power is very common when there's a wind storm like this.

"Evidently a tree fell down in the woods here and took two big wires out. We are waiting for them to get everything back out here working again so we can turn our generators off," Mathison said.

With most of Genesee County still drying out after some serious rain and flooding,  Mathison is worried about water getting into his basement when the power went out.

"We have a lot of groundwater coming into our sub holes," Mathison said. "It only takes an hour for that to fill up and then you have a flooded basement. So we have to keep those generators on."

Consumers Energy said they have extra boots on the ground working around the clock to get the power turned back on.

With winds reaching an upwards of 45 mph, the energy company reminds customers to stay away from downed wires and as always contact them immediately if you see a problem area.  

Mathison said he looks forward to getting his power restored. 

"I hope to see some sunshine so I can go boat racing in the summer, I'm well and ready for it," Mathison said.

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