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Thunderstorms spawn tornado, black out 159,000

August 26, 2014
Associated Press

LENOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of southern Michigan, spawning a tornado and 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out at least 159,000 electricity customers.

The National Weather Service says a tornado with 75 mph winds landed briefly about 2 p.m. Tuesday in Macomb County's Lenox Township, knocking over several trailers and tearing off a garage roof.

No injuries were reported in the area, 30 miles north-northeast of Detroit.

The weather service reports winds reaching 60 mph near Detroit and Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit.

DTE Energy Co. says 150,000 customers were powerless Tuesday evening. CMS. Energy Corp. says 3,000 of 9,000 affected customers remained out.

Flooding has closed parts of Interstates 75 and 94 in Detroit.



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