UPDATE 8:44 a.m. – Consumers Energy has revised the estimate for when power will be restored to the stricken area east of St Johns. The utility now estimates power will be back before noon today. This story will be updated online as more information becomes available.
(WLNS) – Early morning storms moving through mid-Michigan have left about 200 people without power near St Johns in Clinton County.
According to the Consumers Energy Outage map the affected area is located east of St. Johns between M-21 north to East Colony Road.
Consumers Energy estimates that about 190 customers are in the dark.
Repair crews are working and power is expected to be restored around 8:30 a.m.
Severe thunderstorms packing high winds knocked down trees and power lines in western Michigan, prompting some school closings.
Winds gusting above 60 mph were reported along Lake Michigan early Thursday in the Ludington area, where power was knocked out to hundreds of customers in several communities. The Ludington Daily News reports the Ludington Area School District and some other districts canceled classes for the day.
The damage came as severe thunderstorms moved across the state. Forecasters say storms in the afternoon could cause additional problems.
Heavy rains that started Wednesday prompted flood advisories along some rivers, including the Grand River and the Muskegon River.