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WEATHER ALERT: High wind warning for Mid-Michigan

Posted at 10:49 AM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 13:25:36-05

The Lansing Board of Water & Light is currently reporting that there are 2,071 customers without power. Consumers Energy has 162,311 customers without power in the state, and DTE Energy has over 250,000 customers with no power.

Police and fire departments are asking that people treat intersections where traffic lights are out as 4-way stops. If you see power lines down, treat them as if they are live wires. Do not touch them under any circumstances.

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There is a high wind warning in effect for Mid-Michigan until 7 PM. Winds between 25-35 miles per hour are expected and wind gusts could top 60 miles per hour. Watch out for downed power lines and trees.

If you see downed power lines, stay away from them and call 911. Click the links to the right of this story for local utility outage centers.

Here is information from the National Weather Service:
* The winds are expected to have the highest gusts from late morning into mid afternoon. Then the gusty winds slowly diminish through this evening.

* Expect winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts around 60 mph from late morning into mid afternoon. IMPACTS...

* Impacts of the winds will be much greater than we have seen in quite some time. The lack of leaves on the trees will help reduce the damage that would otherwise have happened.

* Limbs and branches will come down, with some trees likely being blown over.

* Numerous power outages will be likely today.

* A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.