More than 130,000 Consumers Energy residential and business customers have had their electricity restored after severe storms knocked out power earlier this week across parts of the state.

The utility says about 41,000 customers still were without service Saturday morning.

Alcona, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties each had more than 3,000 homes and buildings without electricity.

Thunderstorms followed by winds with gusts topping 60 mph toppled trees, utility poles and power lines across western and northern Michigan Wednesday and Thursday. A tornado also touched down in Canton Township.

Consumers Energy says its crews are being assisted by utility workers from five other states in restoration efforts and that a majority of its customers should have their service back by late Sunday.

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