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Approaching storms Tuesday could knock out power

Strong winds as part of approaching storms could knock out power across the state starting Tuesday morning.

Consumers Energy says crews are monitoring approaching storms, which could result in high winds and power outages beginning Tuesday morning across the state. 

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible with these storms, and several rounds are possible throughout the day.

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According to the National Weather Service severe thunderstorms, beach erosion, lakeshore flooding and dangerous swimming condition are possible for Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

The NWS predicts two rounds of storms, one from noon until 4 p.m. spreading wide throughout the state. The second round will start up from 4 until 10 p.m. along and south of I-96. 

The storms are predicted to bring damaging wind gusts and downed tree limbs and power lines, as well as hail large enough to damage cars and windows. The NWS is also reporting the possibility of a tornado or two mainly after 4 p.m. and along and south of I-96. 

Consumers Energy encourages the public visit the Consumers Energy Outage Center for the latest on storm restoration times, tips on what customers can do before, during and after a storm and how customers can sign up for free outage alerts.

The public is also reminded of these critical safety tips:

  • Be aware of the potential for downed electric lines. If you see a downed wire, stay at least 25 feet away and report it by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas.

For up-to-date weather forecasts, visit www.wzzm13.com/weather.


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