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High winds cause power outages across mid-Michigan

Midland County currently has over 1,500 customers without power according to the Consumers Energy outage map. (WEYI/WSMH)

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - High winds swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and prompting a partial closure of the Mackinac Bridge.

Winds were reported gusting more than 50 mph (80 kph) on Tuesday morning in places. Consumers Energy reports more than 65,000 outages, mostly in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. DTE Energy reported several thousand scattered outages.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas was closed Tuesday morning to all vehicles except for passenger cars, passenger vans and empty pickups.

In southwestern Michigan, a motorcyclist died after crashing early Tuesday into a utility truck. Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern tells MLive.com the truck was parked alongside a road in Kalamazoo County's Cooper Township with its warning lights activated to survey storm damage when it was hit.

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