DETROIT – More than 110,0000 homes and businesses remained without power Monday after severe thunderstorms swept across Michigan, officials said.
Hundreds of power lines remained on the ground overnight, creating a danger in many areas, Consumers Energy Co. (search) spokesman Kevin Keane warned.
As the storms moved through Sunday, two suspected funnel cloud touchdowns were reported in Saginaw County (search). Spotters planned to visit the sites to confirm the tornadoes, National Weather Service (search) forecaster Dennis Dixon said.
Straight-line winds or hail probably caused the other storm damage around the state, Dixon said.
As of 7:30 a.m., about 30,000 Consumers Energy customers were without service, down from the 84,000 affected by Sunday's storms, Keane said. Most should get power back by the end of the day, he said.
In addition, about 83,000 DTE Energy customers in southeastern Michigan remained blacked out Monday morning, utility spokesman Michael Porter said. It would take until late Tuesday to finish restoring service, he said. In all, some 103,000 DTE customers lost service.
In Oklahoma, meanwhile, cleanup efforts began Sunday in wild weather after severe storms Saturday tore down trees and power lines, damaged several homes and injured five people.