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Storm knocks out power to thousands

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  • Consumers making progress in power restoration

    Consumers making progress in power restoration

    Monday, July 9 2012 11:26 AM EDT2012-07-09 15:26:53 GMT
    (07/05/12) - Consumers Energy crews are making progress in Genesee County. As of noon Friday, there were fewer than 21,000 customers without power in the county. We do still have about 8,000 people
    Consumers Energy says it is making progress getting the power back on.
  • Cooling centers in Mid-Michigan

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    Friday, July 6 2012 2:15 PM EDT2012-07-06 18:15:24 GMT
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  • Storm damages two houses in Flint Township

    Storm damages two houses in Flint Township

    Thursday, July 5 2012 12:25 PM EDT2012-07-05 16:25:57 GMT
    [Anchor:DAWN](***DAWN***) [ReadRate:14] The storm did a double-whammy on one mid-Michigan family. Two houses they own were damaged by falling trees. [TAKE: STINGER UNDER] [Notes:A]
    The storm did a double-whammy on one mid-Michigan family. Two houses they own were damaged by falling trees.
MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(07/05/12) - There are 70,600 customers without power across the state Thursday morning.

In Genesee County, 14 sub stations - that's nearly all in the county - have been affected by the storm. More than 36,000 customers have no power in Genesee County right now.

Shiawassee, Saginaw, Gratiot and Midland Counties have about 20,000 without electricity combined.

The top priority right now is to make sure downed power lines are secured.

After that, the focus is restoring all power to hospitals, police stations and fire departments.

A massive tree remains blocking one full lane of traffic, some 12 hours after it first fell, says neighbor David Milton.

Milton say he lost power, but it is now back on.

Milton is one of the lucky ones, as thousands in Genesee County may have to wait through the weekend for power.

Local hotels are already filling up.

Lauren Troop and her son Jaden have booked a room at Mundy Township's AmericInn through Sunday because they don't have power.

"My son's a diabetic and he needs his insulin to stay cool and our house is hotter than Tahiti," Troop said.

Consumers Energy is working with Genesee County's Emergency Management staff to identify cooling centers.

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