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Wind knocks out power while waves scour Michigan lakeshore

October 22, 2019 GMT
A couple stroll along Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich., Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, as a storm front moves over Lake Michigan. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)
A couple stroll along Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich., Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, as a storm front moves over Lake Michigan. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Utilities are trying to restore power in western Michigan as winds buffet the region and waves pound the coasts of lakes Michigan and Huron.

The National Weather Service is predicting winds of 40 to 50 mph Tuesday and warning about beach and dune erosion. A gale warning has been posted on each side of the northern Lower Peninsula, from Manistee to Oscoda.

There’s also a flood warning in at least six counties, from Mason County south to Van Buren County along Lake Michigan.

In Muskegon County, Azariah Kozicki is trying to protect a cottage with a wall of steel and wood. Kozicki says “it’s erosion to the max.”

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