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Some schools closed, power out for 58K after Michigan storms

September 9, 2021 GMT
A large tree fell into a house  during a storm in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Crews worked to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept across the state.(Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
A large tree fell into a house  during a storm in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Crews worked to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept across the state.(Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
A large tree fell into a house  during a storm in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Crews worked to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept across the state.(Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
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A large tree fell into a house during a storm in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Crews worked to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept across the state.(Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
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A large tree fell into a house during a storm in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Crews worked to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept across the state.(Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Classes were canceled in western Michigan school districts Wednesday as crews worked to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept across the state.

Consumers Energy said about 28,000 customers had no electricity as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, while DTE Energy reported nearly 30,000 without power as of 5:24 p.m.. Teams from Ohio and Alabama were in Michigan to help.

Schools in the Orchard View district in Muskegon County were closed due to power problems and damage to a school. Muskegon Community College also canceled classes.

Classes also were canceled for Kalamazoo Central High School for Wednesday and Thursday. Power was out at the school and was not expected to be restored until late Thursday, it said.

Trees were ripped from the ground Tuesday in western Michigan and large hail peppered the region. People posted photos on social media with rulers to show the size of the icy balls.

“They had us get out of the classroom, sit in the hallway,” said Mayzen Routt, a student at Orchard View’s Cardinal Elementary.

A 60-foot oak tree just missed a home in the area, WOOD-TV reported.

“I was lucky it didn’t hit my truck because usually I park my truck right where that tree was,” Henry Herrera said.