Storms knock out power to thousands in Michigan

Associated Press Modified: July 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm •  Published: July 31, 2012
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ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy says about 12,900 of its customers statewide remain without electrical service following severe thunderstorms that moved across Michigan.

The subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp. says the west side of the state was hit the hardest late Monday and early Tuesday. About 6,700 homes and businesses remained blacked out in Allegan County Tuesday afternoon. More than 4,300 remained without power in Newaygo County.

A tree fell onto a home early Tuesday near Fremont in Newaygo County, killing a couple in bed. Wind gusts of at least 40 mph were reported.

The utility says more than 500 employees and more than 120 contractors are working to restore power, and hope to have most service returned by day's end.

DTE Energy Co. says Tuesday it had no major outages to report.