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Summer storms pound Michigan, from Traverse City to the state's thumb region

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Storms carrying strong winds and rain have pummeled Michigan, cutting power, snapping trees and even knocking over at least one recreational trailer on the Mackinac Bridge.

The bridge connecting the peninsulas was temporarily closed at one point Sunday as winds hit 65 mph. Thousands of power outages were reported in the Grand Rapids and Traverse City areas. A free outdoor movie at a Traverse City film festival was scratched.

Storms rolled into Michigan's thumb region, and forecasters say southeastern Michigan could be vulnerable to high winds throughout the evening.

The National Weather Service warned people about dangerous swimming conditions up and down the Lake Michigan coast, with waves as high as 6 feet. Near Lake Huron, campers had to dodge falling branches at Harrisville State Park.

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