Storms in the Midwest Leave Nearly a Million Without Power

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By CNN Newsource
August 12, 2021US News
Storms in the Midwest Leave Nearly a Million Without Power
Satellite image of storm clouds over Ohio. (Screenshot/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Severe weather across the Midwest over the past several days has left more than 900,000 customers without power on Thursday, 799,144 of them in Michigan alone.

According to Poweroutage US, there were 39,929 outages in Ohio, 44,829 in Wisconsin, and 26,551 in Indiana.

Heavy rain, strong winds, and intense thunderstorms swept through from Iowa to Michigan, downing trees and power lines.

There were more than 300 reports of strong winds Wednesday, primarily from Wisconsin and Illinois eastward to Virginia and Pennsylvania. That followed 275 severe wind reports just a day earlier in many of the same areas.

Four tornadoes were spotted in Wisconsin on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, in Shawano, Monroe, and Iowa counties.

In the Chicago area, people were still cleaning up from Tuesday’s storms when “another round came through Wednesday night, CNN affiliate WLS reported. The storms brought down trees onto cars and even damaged sidewalks, according to WLS.

It’s been almost a week of severe storms for some Midwest states. There were reports of damaging wind, hail, and tornadoes in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Iowa over the weekend.

On Monday, at least 16 tornadoes were reported, 14 of them in Illinois. Some were also spotted in North Dakota and Wisconsin.

And the storms may not be over for the area, according to the National Weather Service.

“Damaging to severe thunderstorm gusts will be possible today in parts of a long corridor from the central Plains to the Northeast,” the NWS’ Storm Prediction Center said on Thursday.

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