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Flint Skyline To See Changes To Decades-Old Weather Ball

Flint Weather Ball
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A tall, looming weather ball in downtown Flint that informs residents of sunshine or precipitation is changing its lettering.

The Flint Journal reports that crews this week are removing the "FM" for FirstMerit Bank on the 5,000-pound (2,268-kilogram) tower that lights up red, blue and yellow to signal weather predictions.

The change comes after Ohio-based Huntington Bank acquired FirstMerit for $3.4 billion in January 2016.

The decades-old weather ball will now display a green and white H and B.

Greg Viener is Huntington Bank's senior vice president and community president. He says the company recognizes the iconic structure's importance to the community and the need to keep its integrity.

The company is working with the Sloan Museum and the Genesee County Historical Society to preserve the old "FM" letters.

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