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UPDATE: Crews help restore power after Michigan storms

Posted at 8:25 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 15:41:34-04

12:15 p.m.

More crews are being brought in to help deal with tens of thousands of power outages in Michigan following severe thunderstorms.

Consumers Energy says the storms Thursday night and Friday left more than 156,000 homes and businesses that it serves without power. The utility says that number is up from estimates earlier in the day and comes as about 2,000 power lines are down.

Officials hope to restore power to all those affected by the end of Sunday. The western side of the state was hit hard, including Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties. Scattered damage is reported elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a 2 mile (3.2 kilometer) section of Burns Road in Midland County's Jerome Township has been closed due to recent heavy rains and flooding.

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UPDATE- Thousands of people are still without power across Mid-Michigan. Consumers Energy says crews are working to get the lights back on for all customers, but it might not be until late Sunday night when power is restored to everyone.

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Authorities say a 72-year-old man has died after a tree fell on a home in western Michigan while severe thunderstorms moved across the state.

Grand Haven police say the man died after the tree fell early Friday in Grand Haven, where winds around 90 mph were reported in the community along Lake Michigan. The storms caused damage across Michigan, cutting out power to tens of thousands of customers.

Thunderstorms packing winds exceeding 60 mph caused damage across Michigan, knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers. Consumers Energy reports more than 130,00 customers lost power statewide.

In Mid-Michigan, thousands of Consumers Energy customers from Eaton County to Ingham County lost power. Trees are down around the Holt area, Lansing, and in Eaton County.
Consumers Energy says crews are working to get the lights back on for all customers, but it might not be until late Sunday night when power is restored to everyone.