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Utility works to restore power in Michigan

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm •  Published: July 29, 2014

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy Co. says it's working to restore power to about 15,000 customers out of the 223,000 homes and businesses that lost service when severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The Detroit-based utility says that 171,000 of its 186,000 affected customers were back online at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says it's restored power to the 37,000 of its customers blacked out by Sunday's storms.

DTE crews are working 16-hour shifts and more than 400 workers from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin are assisting.

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

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.