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Monday, 21 January 2013 10:54

Winds hitting 60 mph black out 195,000 in Michigan

(AREA) -- Winds that gusted to 60 miles per hour swept across Michigan early Sunday morning, knocking down trees and power lines and cutting off electrical service to at least 195,000 homes and businesses. Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says 120,000 of its southeastern Michigan customers lost power in the overnight storm, and about 84,000 remained blacked out late Sunday afternoon. The Thumb area was the hardest hit with 2,800 customers still blacked out in Tuscola County, 2,400 in Huron County, 2,120 in St. Clair County, 1,080 in Lapeer County and around 1,050 in Sanilac County. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says the storms knocked 75,000 of its customers across the Lower Peninsula off line, and about 9,500 were without service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Area residents are reminded not to touch downed power lines and report them by calling 800-477-4747.