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Late October thunderstorms knock down trees and power lines around Mid-Michigan

Genesee County Central dispatch reported about 70 active storm-related calls at 3:30 p.m.
A powerful line of thunderstorms knocked down trees and power lines around Mid-Michigan.
A powerful line of thunderstorms knocked down trees and power lines around Mid-Michigan.(source: WJRT)
Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 3:39 PM EDT
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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - Fire departments were busy around Mid-Michigan after a powerful line of thunderstorms knocked down trees and power lines across the area.

As of 5 p.m., Consumers Energy reported nearly 4,000 customers without power in Genesee County, more than 1,900 in Shiawassee County and more than 500 in Saginaw County.

DTE Energy reported hundreds more customers without power in Huron and Tuscola counties. In Huron County, more than 350 customers were without power east of Kinde while more than 550 customers were without power along the Lake Huron shoreline between Port Hope and Grindstone.

Genesee County Central Dispatch reported about 70 active incidents related to the storms, including trees down and power line problems. The north side of Flint, Genesee Township and the Clio area appeared to be the hardest hit.

October can be a very fickle month, as the transition to colder weather can often lead to a second severe weather season. Friday morning started out with lots of sunshine, warm and very windy conditions for much of Mid-Michigan.

Around 11:30 a.m., temperatures were already in the low 70s, which is more than 15 degrees above normal. By 1 p.m., clouds covered the sky and a few drops of ran began falling in parts of the area.

Flags flew straight out in a stiff breeze and traffic signals bobbed like apples in a tub of water. Temperatures remained in the low 70s despite the lack of sunshine.

Around 3 p.m., the sky opened up, dropping heavy rain that flooded streets. Severe thunderstorms knocked down trees and power lines across Mid-Michigan, especially in the northern part of Genesee County from Flint’s north side to the Clio and Birth Run areas

Temperatures fell 10 degrees in just a few minutes as the storms raced through the area. Temperatures were forecast to continue tumbling through the evening and overnight hours down to the 30s.

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