CADILLAC, Michigan – A wave of thunderstorms caused strong winds Power outages and sporadic damage in western and northern Michigan.
The National Weather Service reports that the tempests of Tuesday night had gusts of 50 mph and dumped up to 3 inches of rain in the Grand Rapids area.
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Electricity companies reported at least 103,000 households and businesses Wednesday morning without power, with the largest number of outages across the state extending from Ludington on Lake Michigan to the northern part of Saginaw Bay.
Fallen trees damaged some houses and businesses a few streets. Officials closed a few miles of a state highway in the Cadillac area for a time due to fallen trees and power lines.
The National Weather Service also confirmed a funnel cloud near Hancock.
"I looked up in the sky I could see the lower clouds turning in the opposite direction as those above them," said Wayne Siira, 36, from Franklin Township, just before Hancock. "You never see such a thing up there."
Siira stopped to photograph the cloud as she moved across the sky, but then a rainstorm convinced him to go home. His house was spared, but he said that branches had to lie down over the area and he had to chase his daughter's car down the street when the wind tried to steal it.
John Wisely and Georgea Kovanis contributed to this story.
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