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      Thunderstorms rip up parts of the U.P.

      Trees damaged during May thunderstorms in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

      Heavy rains fell Thursday afternoon as severe thunderstorms traveled across the Upper Peninsula. A thousand customers in Republic were without power Thursday night, the result from downed power lines from the storm.

      The storm knocked down trees in several areas including Van Riper State Park. Off of US-41 in Michigamme, two pine trees where brought down, leaving debris on the road. The Champion Fire Department cut the trees. The storm had dropped heavy rains and thunder and lightning across a good portion of the central Upper Peninsula.

      There were also a number of road closures in Republic due to downed trees and power lines, so be careful in that area.

      According to the Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO), there will be intermittent power outages throughout the day Friday, especially in the Republic area.