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Severe storms knock out power to thousands in Michigan

July 20, 2019

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — About 196,000 utility customers in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula are without electricity after a storm packing strong winds, hail and lightning crossed parts of the state.

Jackson, Michigan-based Consumers Energy says storms overnight Friday brought down more than 1,500 power lines. About 123,000 of its customers were without power Saturday afternoon.

Detroit-based DTE Energy says 96,000 of its customers lost electricity, but power has been restored to 23,000 homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service has posted excessive heat warnings over the weekend for part of the United States, with some temperatures reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees Celsius) and higher.

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