Thousands of Upper Michigan residents are in the dark Monday morning as strong winds slam across the region.
Upper Peninsula Power Company crews have been working through the night as up to 2,400 customers were without electricity. As of 11 a.m. on Monday morning, still over 600 customers remain without power.
Reports continue to come in of trees falling on power lines, cars, and homes across the region. At times the downed lines are sparking small fires.
Alger Delta Cooperative reports that it has about 50 consumers also without electricity on Monday morning. The cooperative says its line workers worked though the night to restore about 100 consumers scattered throughout its service territory and will continue Monday until all are restored.
Meanwhile, residents in the Lower Peninsula are struggling with their own weather problems. According to reports from the Associated Press, several storms slammed into the Lower Peninsula Sunday, spawning possible tornados and thunderstorms.
There are no immediate reports of injuries Sunday, but Consumers Energy reports more than 85,000 customers without power, most of those in Kalamazoo and Kent counties. DTE Energy says 100,000 customers have lost electricity. Strong winds are expected to remain a factor across most of the state through the morning.
Authorities issued a reminder that if you come across a downed power line, do not approach it. Also, stay alert in your travels for trees that have dropped across roads and streets.