High winds knock out power to about 75,000 in Michigan – The Detroit News

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Ariana Taylor
 
| The Detroit News

About 75,000 homes in lower Michigan are without power Sunday afternoon after high winds blew down trees, limbs and power lines.

The National Weeather Service has issued high wind warnings until 7 p.m. Sunday in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Southwest to west winds blowing 25 to 30 mph and wind gusts up to 60 mph are forecast.

As of Sunday afternoon, DTE Energy reported 48,690 people with power outages and Consumers Energy reported 499 power outages with 26,231 customers affected.

“We have a really strong low pressure system that’s moving through the northern Great Lakes. That’s what’s going to be causing the really strong winds,” said Ian Lee, meteorologists for the National Weather Service. “During the fall and winter months, to get winds this strong usually only happens maybe once or twice a season.”

On Michigan’s first day of open season for deer hunting, the weather service advises people to avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches, due to strong winds that could knock trees down. 

People are also advised to remain in the lower levels of their home during the windstorm, to avoid windows and to use caution while driving especially with large vehicles such as semi trucks.

“Just make sure that you secure loose outdoor objects. If you’re driving, especially high profile vehicles, you’re going to have a hard time driving this afternoon with high winds,” Lee said.

The counties included in the high wind warning include Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe counites. 

Scattered, heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are also expected from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. 

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