Power Should be Back on Tonight

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A utility says nearly all of the roughly 223,000 homes and businesses that lost power when severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula should have electrical service back soon.

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says 171,000 of its 186,000 affected customers were back online as of Wednesday morning. In a statement, it says the "vast majority" of the remaining 15,000 should have power by late Wednesday.

The utility says a majority of the remaining outages are in Oakland County, north of Detroit.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says it restored power to the 37,000 of its customers that lost power because of the storms.

The National Weather Service reports storm winds reached 70 mph, knocking down trees and ripping roofs off buildings. It says 3-inch hail fell near Midland.


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