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2012-10-31 / Front Page

Storm closes schools

Three schools in Sanilac County were closed Tuesday because of stormy overnight weather, but overall the county came through the high winds and rain better than expected.

"So far we're in pretty good shape," said Robb Falls, engineermanager of the county road commission. "We've got a few downed power lines, a road closd...Other than that, I haven't seen flooding damage or any major tree removal work, here and there, nothing what I expected with the amount of wind overnight".

Falls, who lives along the lakeshore where the worst weather was predicted, said, "I didn't see anything (Tuesday morning), I drove in (on the way to work in Sandusky) on M-25. I didn't see any trouble."

"I'd say minimal power lines down, less than 20," said Sheriff Garry Biniecki Tuesday around 7:45 a.m. He said M-46 was closed for downed power lines between Loree Road and the village of Carsonville, and there was a tree on the road at M-25 and Snover Road.

"Right now, there are about 400 customers without power (in Sanilac County)," said Detroit Edison spokesman Scott Simmons, when contacted by the News at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

There had been as many as 1,500 customers without electricity from when the storm hit the area Monday afternoon, he said.

"It will be interesting," said the sheriff, to see what damage is reported along the lakeshore.

Todd Hillman, the county's emergency management coordinator, planned to tour the shoreline area for damage Tuesday morning.

The Sandusky radio station reported school closings for Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Deckerville and Sandusky on the 7 a.m. news.

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