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Freak November storm cause damage all across Midwest, including Michigan

Tornado damage in Washington Illinois can be seen in this handout picture courtesy of Alexandra Sutter/WMBD.com taken November 17, 2013.
REUTERS/Alexandra Sutter/WMBD.com/Handout via Reuters
Tornado damage in Washington Illinois can be seen in this handout picture courtesy of Alexandra Sutter/WMBD.com taken November 17, 2013. REUTERS/Alexandra Sutter/WMBD.com/Handout via Reuters

WEST MICHIGAN  (WKZO) -- Tens of thousands are without power in west Michigan as powerful and unusual spring-like wind storms swept through the entire Midwest.

Some can expect to be without power for the next few days  because of the scattered outages.  Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern says the majority of the 85,000 thousand impacted by the line of storms should have power restored by Tuesday afternoon. 

Indiana and Michigan Electric are reporting over 40,000 customers in the southwest Michigan Counties they serve are without power, nearly half of them in the Benton Harbor area. 

The most severe damage in Kalamazoo County appears to have occurred in the townships just north of Kalamazoo, but there have been no reports of death or injury. 

There are reports of a crushed mobile home in Kalamazoo Township off Douglas,

Limbs fell on trees and limbs fell on lines all over. A barn was destroyed in Barry county and two men were trapped in a truck when a tree fell on it.

If you are out and about, watch for downed limbs, downed wires and standing water on some roadways. Leaves have blocked storm drains causing some temporary flooding.

Mattawan High school is also reporting damage to the roof on their gym and cafeteria areas.

 As bad as it was here, it was much worse to the south. 

 At least five people are known dead and more than two dozen others injured as a result of the unusually strong November storm that seemed to do its worst in Illinois and Indiana.  

There have been close to 80 tornado sightings with more than a dozen confirmed twisters in Illinois, where thousands are without power. 

There has also been severe damage in parts of Indiana. 

The Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field was halted for a time while a line of storms approached.  O'Hare and Midway airports stopped air traffic as well. 

Hundreds of flights have been affected by the storm system which stretched from northwest Tennessee to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

 

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