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High wind warning for Mid-Michigan

Governor Snyder speaks on yesterday's storm

"We have crews working around the clock in hard weather conditions", said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations for one of those electricity providers, Consumers Energy.

Thousands of workers, including many from out-of-state, are working non-stop to restore power to about 515,000 DTE Energy customers and 100,000 Consumers Energy customers, according to Friday-morning updates from the companies.

Packard says this is the worst power outage Consumers Energy has seen since December 2015.

Estimates of power restoration will available sometime on Thursday, DTE said.

Other gusts between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday included 61 miles per hour in Ellendale, Minn., 60 at the Minneapolis-St.

Street lights along Military Street in Port Huron also are not functioning after Wednesday's wind storm. Most customers had their power restored by Wednesday afternoon, but many had a restoration time set for Saturday evening.

Despite today's sunny and bright conditions, the winds have been steady and strong for much of the day, causing damage and power outages across the region. The trailer is filled with supplies needed for crews to restore power.

"We got that restored pretty quickly", Lynch said, adding the BLP had another tree fall across its line near USA 41 South and Main Street in Harvey, which was a reason for most of the outages toward the south end of its system.

Stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines and to call 911 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.

At 8:30 a.m., about 4,000 customers in the metro were without power, a spokesman for Xcel Energy said.

The Warren Consolidated Schools district sent out a message indicating buses could be delayed dropping off students this afternoon due to the high winds and traffic signal outages.

Customers were advised to stay clear of downed wires and not to cross yellow caution tape lines.