Wind gusts cause power outages across northern Michigan
More than 400 homes and businesses are without power just outside Traverse City.
Cherryland Electric reports the outage happened around 10:35 a.m. Monday when a wind gust knocked down a tree just west of Veterans Drive. When the tree fell, power lines went down with it.
Consumers Energy is also reporting some outages.
In Benzie County 1824 homes and businesses are impacted. The outages include Benzonia and the surrounding area.
Schools in Benzie County are releasing early Monday due to the power outages. Platte River 6th grade students will be released at noon. Benzie Central High School and Middle School grades 7-12 will be released at 12:15 and Crystal Lake Elementary will be released at 1 p.m.
In Wexford County about 800 electric customers are without service near the Mesick area.
Consumers Energy crews are assessing both outage locations.
Great Lakes energy reported more than 6,000 people without power Monday, but as of 4 p.m., less than 1,000 customers remain without power.
Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix says wind gusts in Traverse City were about 29-miles-per-hour at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Cadillac has wind gusts of 38 mph, Manistee wind is 40 mph, Frankfort 37 mph and Ludington 38 mph.