Downed power lines in Ionia County forced the closure of a portion of I-96.

The Michigan Department of Transportation reports the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-96 at Jordan Lake Road (exit 64) closed for about 45 minutes Wednesday, March 8. The highway reopened before 1 p.m.

High winds are likely to blame. An 11 a.m. report at the Ionia County Airport shows a peak wind gust of 62 mph.

Drivers can take eastbound exit 59 and westbound exit 67 to avoid the closure and a major traffic backup.

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A high wind warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday for wind gusts in excess of 45-50 mph for much of West Michigan.

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