High Winds Cut Power to 450,000 From Indiana to Pennsylvania


(Bloomberg) -- Near hurricane-force winds toppled trees and power lines across the U.S. Midwest as remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal raked the region.

More than 450,000 homes and businesses lost electricity overnight in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and upstate New York, according to utility websites. Winds exceeded 70 miles (112 kilometers) per hour.

Michigan was hardest hit, with at least 240,000 CMS Energy Corp. customers impacted. Crews were working to restore the 140,000 that remained without service at 11:30 a.m. local time, according to the utility’s website. More than 5,000 wires were knocked down, and at least 200 poles snapped. Power should be restored to all customers by Saturday, the utility said.

“A low pressure system in the wake of Cristobal is still bringing gusty winds and showers across the upper Great Lakes,” according to the National Weather Service. “The entire storm complex will continue to move further away across eastern Canada.”

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