Storms leave about 174,000 without electricity

Severe thunderstorms raced across Michigan Saturday, causing damage to homes and businesses, such as this scene in Big Rapids.

A wave of severe thunderstorms has blown across the southern half of Michigan, flooding streets, knocking out power to at least 174,000 homes and businesses and shutting down parts of two interstate highways because of fallen power lines.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Co. says the storms that hit Saturday afternoon blacked out 106,000 electricity customers, and 95,000 were offline Sunday morning.

DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons says 58,000 of its 68,000 affected customers in metropolitan Detroit were powerless Sunday morning.

WWJ-AM says Interstate 75 in both directions and southbound I-475 in southern Genesee County remained closed Sunday for downed power lines.

The National Weather Service reports roads flooded in Big Rapids and in Montcalm, Mason and Muskegon counties. It warns of more flooding with fresh rain this week.