- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - High winds as part of a Midwest storm caused scattered power outages in Michigan and made it more difficult for firefighters to extinguish blazes.

Consumers Energy reports that nearly 11,000 homes and business without power in its service area as of Thursday morning.

Utilities had warned about the possibility of outages, with gale warnings in effect for the Great Lakes region and wind gusts on land approaching 50 mph.

In Lansing, firefighters battled a pair of wind-driven fires. WILX-TV reports a man and his dog escaped from a fire at a home in the city’s Old Town neighborhood. Other area departments helped Lansing crews with another fire on a porch of a home.

Firefighters say the wind made their work more challenging. The cause of both fires is under investigation.

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