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Utility crews make progress in restoring power after severe storms hit Michigan

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GLEN ARBOR, Michigan — Crews are making progress restoring power to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses left without electrical service following severe weekend storms.

Consumers Energy says about 32,000 customers still lacked service by late Tuesday afternoon, with about a quarter of those in Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties.

PHOTO: Debris rests on the ground after a garage was damaged by fallen tree during a severe thunderstorm in Traverse City, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Authorities said gusts as high as 65 mph left thousands without power, damaged houses and left some roads impassable. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
Debris rests on the ground after a garage was damaged by fallen tree during a severe thunderstorm in Traverse City, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Authorities said gusts as high as 65 mph left thousands without power, damaged houses and left some roads impassable. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Most should be back late Wednesday. In Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Ogemaw counties, complete restoration is expected Thursday.

DTE Energy says it has restored power to all but 13,000 of 95,000 customers who lost service. Most should be back on Tuesday night.

Violent winds uprooted trees, snapped branches and spoiled the landscape in some of the state's most popular tourist spots. At least one tornado was confirmed in Owendale in Huron County.

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