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Utility works to restore power in Michigan

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Photo - Bill Clements pushes a tree limb from his roof, with a little help from his wife Teri, who had a rope tied to it and pulled as Bill pushed, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 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
Bill Clements pushes a tree limb from his roof, with a little help from his wife Teri, who had a rope tied to it and pulled as Bill pushed, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 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
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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy Co. says it's working to restore power to about 15,000 customers out of the 223,000 homes and businesses that lost service when severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The Detroit-based utility says that 171,000 of its 186,000 affected customers were back online at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says it's restored power to the 37,000 of its customers blacked out by Sunday's storms.

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

The utility says a majority of the remaining outages are in Oakland County, north of Detroit.

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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