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The strong winds that whipped across southeast Michigan on Wednesday and left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark has also prompted many school districts to close.

At least 18 districts are scheduled to close Thursday due to power outages or wind-related issues, according to their online notices and statements. They include:

Clarkston Community Schools

Brighton Area Schools

Clintondale Community Schools

Chippewa Valley Schools

Cranbrook Schools in Oakland County

Detroit Community Schools

East Detroit Public Schools

Ecorse Public Schools

Fitzgerald Public Schools

Howell Public Schools

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools

Lincoln Park Public Schools

Roseville Community Schools

South Lyon Community Schools

Trenton Public Schools

Utica Community Schools

Warren Consolidated Schools

Westwood Community School District

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

The closures come as crews work around the clock to restore electricity to about 850,000 customers who remained without power Wednesday night. DTE and Consumers Energy both reported thousands of downed lines across the region.

The conditions also prompted Gov. Rick Snyder to activate the State Emergency Operations Center, he tweeted late Wednesday. The center allows state, local and federal agencies to coordinate a response to a disaster, emergency or terrorist event, according to Michigan State Police who help oversee it.

Utility officials estimated some residents could be without power for days.

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