- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan’s largest utilities say their crews are fighting wind and rain to restore power in the aftermath of three days of storms that have blacked out about 285,000 homes and businesses.

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says 80,000 of its 150,000 affected customers were offline Monday afternoon. It says Oakland County, north of Detroit, was hardest hit with 36,000 still powerless.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says 23,000 of its 135,000 affected Consumers Energy customers remained offline at 11 a.m. Monday.

CMS says it’s also monitoring water levels near several hydroelectric dams because of flooding.

The National Weather Service says the Muskegon River is over its banks near Croton Dam in Newaygo County and at Evart, with flooding on the Chippewa, Pere Marquette, Tittabawassee and White rivers as well.

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