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2 dead after winter storm pushes through Michigan


DETROIT – Frigid temperatures and wind-blown snow have left a slippery commute for Michigan motorists after a punishing Midwest winter storm pushed through the state, leaving at least two people dead and blacking out 105,000 homes and businesses.

National Weather Service officials say high temperatures in the teens and wind gusts approaching 40 mph were expected Monday in Lower Michigan, where residents along southern Lake Michigan got upward of 20 inches of snow. About 7 inches fell in suburban Detroit.

CMS Energy Corp. officials say 12,000 homes and businesses remain blacked out, down from 37,000. DTE Energy Co. says 30,000 customers were powerless, down from 68,000.

Authorities say an 80-year-old man was killed Sunday when his vehicle rolled over in Montcalm County, while a 75-year-old woman died in a Livingston County crash.

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