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Wild Weather Strikes Metro Detroit: Power Outages, Wind And A Blizzard Up North

Otsego County declared a State of Emergency Sunday and closed all roads. 

February 25, 2019 - 8:23 am

(WWJ) It was a wild day Sunday that led to a crazy weather night -- from blizzard conditions Up North to local power outages and whipping wind.

The bomb cyclone weather pattern that was expected did not disappoint as it ripped across the state starting Sunday morning.

The highest gust of the day came out of Gaylord at a whopping 68 miles an hour. Detroit City Airport picked up the strongest burst locally -- 61 miles an hour.

Other gusts of 60 miles per hour or more were reported in Saginaw, Muskegon, Battle Creek, near Charlevoix and near Cheboygan.  

The wind didn't come without damage -- over 100,000 metro Detroit residents lost power. DTE says almost 50,000 people have their power back and they hope to return power to at least 95 percent of their customer base by the end of the day today.

The highest gust statewide hit 68 miles per hour in Gaylord; A 61 mph gust was recorded at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. 

Meanwhile, blizzard conditions caused various problems across northern Michigan, with Michigan State Police shutting down I-75 near Gaylord until 7 a.m. Monday because cars were getting stuck in drifting snow.  Troopers were assisting as necessary.  Otsego County declared a State of Emergency Sunday and closed all roads. 

In addition, the Mackinac Bridge was closed late Sunday night because of the weather conditions.  WPBN-TV reported one person suffered minor injuries when falling ice crashed through the windshield of a truck Sunday morning.   Blizzard conditions were also reported in the Upper Peninsula where several major roads were closed.  

The National Weather Service said the last time Charlevoix County was under a Blizzard Warning was seven years ago.  Conditions were expected to improve starting this morning.