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Power still out for tens of thousands

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More than a hundred thousand people are still without electricity, after high winds yesterday downed power lines across the state.

And some of them may remain in the dark for a few days.

Altogether more than 140,000 customers lost power.

Consumers Energy customers got hit hardest. More than 120,000 of them lost power. Outages were concentrated in the Grand Rapids and Cadillac areas. As of 4:45 p.m. Thursday, there were 99,409 customers till without electricity.

A spokesman says the utility is bringing in crews from out of state to help restore power. But he says it might be Sunday night before all its customers are back online.

DTE Energy says it expects to have power restored to the vast majority of its customers by late tonight. As of 4:45, about 2,000 were still without power.

Sarah Hulett is Michigan Radio’s Director of Enterprise & Longform, helping reporters to do their best work.
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