Storms leave 100,000 without power in MichiganMay 31st, 2011 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 31 (IANS/EFE) More than 100,000 people in Michigan went without electricity Monday due to a series of storms.
The storms, with winds in excess of 130 km per hour, mainly affected the city of Battle Creek, which has 50,000 residents.
Numerous trees fell onto houses and automobiles, a large part of the city was without power and many businesses had been damaged, Mike McKenzie, Battle Creek’s emergency services chief, told CNN.
So far, there have been no reports of any deaths or serious injuries.
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that the series of storms affecting the region had spawned a low-grade tornado.
In recent days, central US has been hit with numerous tornados that have taken more than 150 lives in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.
The hardest-hit town was Joplin, Missouri, where the most devastating tornado the US has seen in the past six decades killed at least 142 people and injured more than 700. There are also many people still missing in the area, and it is likely that the toll will increase in the coming days.
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