- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Cleanup and restoration efforts were underway across Michigan on Tuesday following a storm that brought high winds, freezing rain and snow.

More than 2,000 homes remained without power Tuesday morning in southern Michigan’s Jackson County after the storm and 50 mph winds rolled through Monday, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.

A tree fell onto Jermaine Overton’s home in Summit Township as he and his son were watching television.

“It was such a loud, thunderous noise,” Overton told the newspaper.

Nearly 9 inches of snow fell in and around Gaylord in northern Michigan, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Zoltowski said.



Plow drivers were slowed Tuesday by snow and sleet that was about 3 inches deep throughout western Michigan’s Mason County, Road Commission Superintendent Eric Moody told the Ludington Daily News.

“We were out on the highway all night and everybody went out about 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. (Tuesday),” Moody said. “We may work 10 hours today. We’ll see how we’re doing.”

State offices reopened Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder ordered them closed Monday. Snyder also on Monday activated the Emergency Operations Center, which coordinates response and recovery efforts.

The storm caused power outages and numerous flight delays and cancellations. Parts of western and northern Michigan still were recovering Monday from thunderstorms and wind gusts last week that knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

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