High winds cause 100,000+ power outages, affect Mackinac Bridge

Consumers Energy's power outage map shows areas still affected around noon Tuesday.
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MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) (12/5/2017) - High winds swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and prompting a partial closure of the Mackinac Bridge.

Winds were reported gusting more than 50 mph on Tuesday morning in places. The highest wind gusts reported in Mid-Michigan overnight were 53 mph in Bad Axe and 46 mph in Saginaw.

At noon, peak winds were still blowing at more than 40 mph across Mid-Michigan.

Consumers Energy reported more than 100,000 outages, mostly in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

Around noon on Tuesday, more than half of Roscommon County, nearly a third of Arenac County and a quarter of Crawford and Oscoda counties were out of power, according to Consumers' power outage map.

The utility expected to restore power to everyone affected by Wednesday night.

DTE Energy reported several thousand scattered outages.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas was closed Tuesday morning to all vehicles except for passenger cars, passenger vans and empty pickups.

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