Traverse City hardest hit in weekend snow storm

5:17 PM, Mar 4, 2012   |    comments
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Utility crews are working to restore power to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses after a winter storm packing high winds and heavy snow blacked a quarter-million electricity customers statewide.

It's the same storm system that triggered deadly tornadoes across the Midwest.

CMS Energy Corp. says about 30,000 customers remained powerless early Monday , down from 144,000. It says the Traverse City area of the northern Lower Peninsula was hard hit, with about 11,000 customers still blacked out in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

DTE Energy Co. says about 8,000 of 120,000 affected homes and businesses were still powerless Sunday.

The National Weather Service reports wind gusts reaching 55 mph Friday and Saturday and up to 15 inches of snow to the north.

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