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Storms packing 60 mph winds hit Michigan

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A state trooper drives through the water in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94, near the Lodge exit lanes Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 near Detroit following a thunderstorm that past through Southeast Michigan. The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez)
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A state trooper drives through the water in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94, near the Lodge exit …

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of southern Michigan, bringing 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out about 169,000 electricity customers.

The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit.

DTE Energy Co. says 120,000 of 160,000 affected customers remained powerless Tuesday night. CMS. Energy Corp. says 3,000 of 9,000 affected customers remained out.

Flooding closed parts of some Detroit-area expressways Tuesday evening.

WXYZ-TV reported that lightning is suspected in a fire that heavily damaged an apartment in the Detroit suburb of Taylor. And WOOD-TV reports that three people sustained non-life threatening injuries when lightning struck an Ionia County garage.

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