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Hurricane-force winds cause blizzard conditions and widespread power outages in Michigan

It might be safe to say that Sunday was a veritable buffet of bad weather across Michigan. From blizzard conditions, to sustained high winds, to flooding and 20-foot waves pounding the Great Lakes shorelines, they’ve got a big, messy mix going on across the Mitten’s two peninsulas.

Powerful sustained winds created blizzard conditions for a large swath of Michigan, and caused widespread power outages that even today left more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

And after Croatia on Saturday, some of those wind gusts in Michigan were especially powerful, exceeding the threshold for hurricane-force winds (74mph) like in :

  • Stannard Rock (Lake Superior): 79 mph
  • Granite Island (Lake Superior): 76 mph

With a lot more coming very close:

  • Au Gres: 70 mph
  • Houghton County Airport: 69 mph
  • Copper Harbor: 69 mph
  • Tuscola County’s Bay Park: 68 mph