Thunderstorms strike lower Michigan, blacking out 150,000 customers, ripping off roofs

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WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Michigan — 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 more than 200,000 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 percent of the units at a mobile home park in Oakland County's Highland Township.

The Detroit Free Press reports DTE Energy Co. had 180,000 customers without power and Consumers Energy has about 26,000 late Sunday.

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