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Storm Causes Power Outages

July 12, 2011 by WLKM 

Power outages were a common occurrence Monday, as a late-morning storm ripped through St. Joseph County and the rest of Southwest Michigan.

Strong winds dominated the storm, causing trees to topple and power lines to fall. As of late Monday, Consumers Power officials said nearly 1,000 of its customers in St. Joseph County were without power.

Indiana Michigan Power, meanwhile, had about 2,000 outages in St. Joseph County as of just past midnight today.

A number of temporary road closures were in effect in the aftermath of the storm. Among them: U.S. 12 between Sturgis and Bronson was shut down for about three hours in the afternoon due to downed power lines that had crossed the road around Halfway Road. Also, sections of M-216 near Marcellus and East Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers between Wood and Middle streets were closed from downed trees.

A tornado warning was in effect for about 30 minutes in St. Joseph County. Winds reached close to 80 mph, but there was no sign of a tornado touching down, county officials said.

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