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Sun January 20, 2013
Winds hitting 60 mph black out 195,000 in Michigan
DETROIT (AP) - Winds that gusted to 60 miles per hour have swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and cutting off electrical service to at least 195,000 homes and businesses.
Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says 120,000 of its southeastern Michigan customers lost power in the overnight storm, and about 110,000 remain blacked out at midday Sunday.
Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says the storms knocked 75,,000 of its customers off line, and about23,000 were without service at midday Sunday across Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
WWJ-AM reports that the winds knocked down some ice sculptures that are a centerpiece of the Plymouth Ice Festival, but organizers of the suburban Detroit event say it will continue as scheduled.
The National Weather Service says Michigan's Sunday temperatures range from the single digits to lower 20s.