ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP/WOOD) - Tens of thousands of southwestern Michigan residents have lost power due to storms that dumped heavy rains across the Midwest.
As of 3:30 p.m., Consumers Energy said more than 32,000 customers were still without power. The majority of those customers are in Allegan, Barry and Kalamazoo counties.
- Kalamazoo County: 8,511, or 7.5% of customers there
- Allegan County: 7,644, or 15% of customers
- Van Buren: 7,215, or 89% of customers
- Barry County: 1,876, or 6.9% of customers
- Calhoun County: 711, or 1.1% of customers
- Muskegon County: 532, or .7% of customers
- Ionia County: 112, or .5% of customers
Consumers spokesman Roger Morgenstern said all customers should have power by Friday afternoon.
As of 4:30 p.m., Midwest Energy Cooperative said about 1,000 customers were without power.
And on the other side of the state, some Detroit-area motorists had a tough commute as heavy rains from the night before caused flooding and standing water on roadways, including major freeways.
Meanwhile, in mid-Michigan, the Lansing State Journal reports the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Ingham County and eastern Eaton County through midmorning.
The storms did their damage between about 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., mostly south of I-96. Allegan and Barry counties, both which were under a Tornado Warning and then a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, and Van Buren County are reporting trees and power lines down.
A 24 Hour News 8 crew in Gobles reported downed trees and wires within the area, and noticed debris in the streets Thursday morning.
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