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Utility works to restore power to 50,000 customers still without service after Michigan storms

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PONTIAC, Michigan — DTE Energy Co. says it's working to restore power to about 50,000 customers without service since severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The utility says Tuesday morning that about 34,000 of the remaining outages are in Oakland County, 10,000 are in Macomb County and 4,000 are in Wayne County. About 186,000 DTE customers lost power following storms Sunday.

PHOTO: A downed tree lies near a car after severe storoms Sunday in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Monday, July 28, 2014. Crews are working to restore power after series of severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to more than 210,000 homes and businesses. The storms packed winds up to 70 mph that knocked down trees and ripped roofs off buildings. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Charles V. Tines)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT
A downed tree lies near a car after severe storoms Sunday in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Monday, July 28, 2014. Crews are working to restore power after series of severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to more than 210,000 homes and businesses. The storms packed winds up to 70 mph that knocked down trees and ripped roofs off buildings. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Charles V. Tines) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

DTE crews are working 16-hour shifts and more than 400 workers from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin are assisting.

In all, about 223,000 Michigan homes and businesses had power outages, including roughly 37,000 customers of CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy that mostly had power back by Monday night.

The National Weather Service reports storm winds reached 70 mph, knocking down trees and ripping roofs off buildings. It says 3-inch hail fell near Midland.

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