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Crews restore power to majority of 223,000 blacked out when storms hit lower Peninsula

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MIDLAND, Michigan — Crews have restored power to a majority of the 223,000 that were blacked out when severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

DTE Energy Co. says about 83,000 of its 186,000 customers that lost power following storms Sunday remained without service Monday night. DTE says most should have power by late Wednesday.

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

CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says about 350 of its 37,000 affected customers remained blacked out Monday night, with almost all expected to be back online before midnight.

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.

The weather service says storms damaged 80 percent of the units at a mobile home park in Oakland County's Highland Township.

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PHOTO: This Sunday, July 27, 2014 photo provided by Ben Ferren shows large hail that fell in Midland, Mich., where winds toppled trees and ripped the roofs off buildings during severe thundertorms on Sunday. Crews are working to restore power after severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to about 223,000 homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Ferren)
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