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Storms cut power to more than 600,000 in US | Breaking News 6th Sep, 2014



Storms cut power to more than 600,000 in US | Breaking News 6th Sep, 2014

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More than 600,000 electric customers in Michigan and Illinois lost power at the height of storms that brought heavy winds and lightning, ripping up trees, downing power lines and leaving at least two people dead, officials said on Saturday.
An Illinois woman died Saturday of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a falling tree and a Michigan man was electrocuted after touching a power line, local media said.
Molly Glynn, 46, died at NorthShore Evanston Hospital on Saturday, hospital spokeswoman Colette Urban said. She had been brought to the hospital in critical condition on Friday.
Glynn was a long-time actress in Chicago, appearing at the Steppenwolf and other theaters mainly, the Chicago Tribune reported. She was riding a bicycle on a north suburban trail when she was struck by a tree on Friday afternoon, it said.
Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon Corp unit, reported more than 174,000 customers lost power in Illinois in Friday’s storms. About 62,000 were without power Saturday and ComEd said it hoped to restore power by Sunday night.
In southeastern Michigan, about 350,000 DTE Energy Co customers were without power Saturday after wind gusts of more than 75 miles per hour and lightning downed more than 2,000 power lines on Friday night, DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said.
About 375,000 customers in southeastern Michigan lost power at the height of the outages on Friday, the 10th highest total the more than century old DTE has recorded, Simons said.
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