2017-03-15 / News

Windstorm batters county

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Strong winds broke power poles, downed lines and toppled trees around Sanilac County last Wednesday.

The storm on Wednesday, March 8 packed sustaining winds of 35 to 40 miles per hour with gusts probably of 65 to 70 miles per hour, said Todd Hillman, director of Sanilac County Emergency Management.

The majority of the damage occurred south of M-46, Hillman said.

“I’d say heavier in the southeast part of the county…I’d say every department south of M-46 (was called out for fallen wires) plus Deckerville and Port Sanilac,” he said.

“Central dispatch handled 66 calls for downed wires” during the storm, between 10 a.m. and into the late-night hours.

“Lot of trees down, lots of poles broken.”

Approximately 6000 houses lost electricity. All but about 50 to 75 were back on line by Sunday night, and the rest were expected to have power back on Monday, he said.

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