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      Campers caught in 72 mph winds

      Ludington State Park Manager Jim Gallie, left, and park supervisor Dan Adams, right, survey the damage in the Pines Campground Thursday.

      P owerful early morning thunderstorms have left a path of damage at Ludington State Park in Mason County.

      The storms struck Thursday around 4:45am, although no severe thunderstorm warning were issued, with the strongest winds passing through around 5:40 a.m.

      Winds at the Big Sable Lighthouse gusted to 72 mph officially. According to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, numerous trees were toppled in a west-east orientation from the lighthouse to the park entrance.

      There are reports of damage to camper trailers, vehicles, and possibly a park building.

      According to 7&4 Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix, additional thunderstorms are possible in this area throughout the day Thursday as a cold front passes by.