Thunderstorms knock down trees, black out 150,000 in Michigan

Jul 27, 2014

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A series of severe thunderstorms has hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula, packing winds of up to 50 miles per hour that knocked down trees, ripped roofs off buildings and blacked out at least 150,000 homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reports 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township in suburban Detroit on Sunday afternoon. It reports 50 mph wind gusts in neighboring Macomb County.

The weather service says the storm toppled trees and blew the roof off a barn north-northeast of Chesaning in Saginaw County and damaged 80% of the units at a mobile home park in Oakland County's Highland Township.

DTE Energy Co. says the storms affected at least 120,000 customers, and the number was rising. CMS Energy Corp. reports about 30,000 outages.