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Midwestern Storms Kill Two, Knock Out Power to 400,000

Two people died and nearly 400,000 were left without electricity in wake of powerful storms that rolled through the Midwest.
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Two people are dead and nearly 400,000 people in southeast Michigan remained without power Saturday, according to electric companies, after violent thunderstorms swept through the area on Friday, toppling trees and twisting power lines.

Most of the blacked-out areas were in the southeast, including much of Detroit. DTE Energy Co. reported that more than 385,000 of its customers were in the dark late Friday at the height of the storm, and 230,000 still didn’t have power by Saturday night. Power won't be restored for many of the remaining customers until Monday, but some would have to wait until Wednesday, according to DTE Energy. Consumers Energy reported power outages for nearly 46,000 of its customers Saturday afternoon.

DTE Energy called the tumultuous weather “one of the strongest storms to hit southeast Michigan this year,” and reported that wind gusts of at least 75 mph downed 2,000 power lines. One man was electrocuted in the Detroit suburb of Warren when he got too close to a toppled power line in his backyard, according to the Warren Police Department.

The storms also left about 63,000 customers still without power in suburban Chicago on Saturday morning, according to NBC Chicago. A Chicago-area actress, Molly Glynn died Saturday after a tree fell on her while she was riding her bike during the Friday storm, according to the Cook County Coroner's Office.


— M. Alex Johnson