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    Storms hit overnight as more than 600,000 without power in Michigan

    Storms resumed overnight, adding to thunderstorms that cut power for more than 600,000 people statewide Wednesday, bringing downpours and high winds, and toppling trees have left the region.

    Residents could see more severe weather through the weekend.

    “We are watching a line of storms forming over northern lower Michigan and Wisconsin,” meteorologist Trent Frey said, adding the main window could be between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Thursday.

    Wind gusts could reach more than 40 mph in some spots, along with frequent lightning and downpours, and “a tornado or two cannot be ruled out,” the weather service said.

    On the state’s west side, a thunderstorm watch is in effect until 2 a.m. for Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

    Thursday could bring more thunderstorms in the afternoon as temperatures hit the 90s, according to the weather service. Friday could see highs in the mid-80s and a 40% chance of storms.

    The trend owes to a stalled cold front, Frey said. “It can be expected with this type of air mass when it’s so hot and humid.”

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