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Thu July 5, 2012
About 400,000 Lose Power in Michigan Amid Storms
Utilities say about 400,000 homes and businesses across Michigan lost power following several days of thunderstorms and hot weather.
DTE Energy Co. says about 210,000 of its customers were without power Thursday after a new round of damaging thunderstorms made its way across the state, knocking down trees and power lines. Since Tuesday, DTE says about 300,000 of its customers have been affected.
CMS Energy Corp. unit Consumers Energy says about 97,000 of its customers lost power, including about 36,500 in the Flint area. That number was down to 80,000 Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service says wind gusts above 60 mph were reported as storms crossed the state.
Severe thunderstorms raged across Michigan Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with hot and humid conditions expected through Friday.