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Consumers Energy reported just shy of 18,000 people were without power early Wednesday, down from around 110,000 earlier this week.

High winds were responsible for the outages and crews worked around-the-clock Tuesday to get power restored, said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric operations.

The remaining outages are primarily in the northern end of the Lower Peninsula. Less than 900 DTE Energy customers were without power Wednesday morning, said spokeswoman Cynthia Hecht.

Wednesday will bring high temperatures in the upper 30s in Metro Detroit, but strong winds throughout much of the day will give a much cooler feel, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jordan Dale.

While there are no high wind alerts in place as of Wednesday morning, winds in the range of 25 to 30 mph are expected until late afternoon. This will make the day feel like it's in the mid 20s — literally, freezing — rather than the upper 30s.

The winds owe to a "strong low-pressure system" in Canada, Dale said. Overnight, when temperatures actually do fall to the mid-20s, winds will make the temperature feel like it's in the teens.

Consumers Energy reported just shy of 18,000 people were out of power early Wednesday. High winds had knocked out power to nearly 110,000 Consumers Energy customers earlier in the week. The remaining outages are primarily in the northern end of the Lower Peninsula. Less than 900 DTE Energy customers were without power Wednesday morning, said spokeswoman Cynthia Hecht.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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