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A non thunderstorm event took place over the state on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, as high winds brought wind gusts in excess of 60 mph! The high winds took out power lines and trees, along with numerous reports of structural damage to buildings. There were also reports of brush fires and tractor-trailers flipped over around the area. Due to the extensive damage, many areas were without power for a few days. Approximately 700,000 DTE customers and approximately 260,000 plus Consumers Energy customers were affected. Keep in mind that one of the criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning is winds greater than or equal to 58 mph. The highest wind gust reported across Southeast Michigan was 68 mph at both Saginaw and Detroit Metro Airport. A High Wind Warning was in effect during this time across all of Southeast Michigan.
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