For the past two days we've been hit pretty hard with thunderstorms and strong winds here in Michigan.

These storms have been strong enough and powerful enough to knock down power lines leaving over 700,000 homes without power. And no one likes it when that happens.

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This morning, Thursday, August 12, the entire Mid-Michigan area was hit with a major thunderstorm including lightning and torrential rains that just wouldn't let up.

In fact, this huge storm woke me up at 2 a.m. and I couldn't get back to sleep. I can't remember the last time it rained so hard. And on my way into work this morning, I saw several streets in Okemos flooded with water from this massive storm.

We even had to deal with flood warnings until 8:30 a.m. for Eaton, Clinton, and Ingham Counties.

According to mlive.com:

DTE reported that as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, there were 547,000 customers without power, mainly on the southeast side of the state.

Many utility workers have stepped up from several states who are currently helping crews in Michigan get electrical power hooked back up as soon as possible.

Mlive.com also adds:

"The storms that have struck our state should finally subside today, and we are confident that over 500 crews from Michigan and across the country will help bring back power to many of our customers," Guy Packard, Consumers Energy's vice president for electric operations, said in a statement.

There's not much we can do once mother nature takes over and gives us two big storms to deal with in the last few days, but at least these storms are behind us and we can all move forward once power is restored to thousands of Michigan customers.

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