Winds cross Michigan, blamed for tree-fall death

Winds gusting to 55 mph have swept across Michigan, snapping power lines, blacking out at least 176,000 homes and businesses, and causing the death of a woman whose car was hit by a falling tree.
AP Wire
Apr 16, 2012


The accident happened about 2:50 p.m. Monday in Van Buren County's Bloomingdale Township, 40 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids. County Sheriff Dale Gruber identified the victim as 69-year-old Marilyn Remington of Bloomingdale.

DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons said about 80,000 of its customers lost power in the winds, and about 10,000 remained off line at 7 p.m. CMS Energy Corp. spokesman Jeff Holyfield said about 23,000 out of its 96,000 affected customers remained powerless about 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service reported 55 mph gusts in Allegan, Jackson and Kalamazoo counties on Monday.


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