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Storms leave 3 dead, knock out power to 1 million in Midwest – USA TODAY

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  • More than 1 million homes and businesses lost power at the height of the storm Monday night.
  • Storm-related deaths were reported in Michigan, Ohio and Arkansas.
  • Dangerous storms could blast eastern cities Tuesday.

A wall of storms that roared through a swath of the Midwest and South with heavy rains, hail and wind gusts of up to 80 mph killed at least three people and knocked out power to more than 1 million homes and businesses.

The storms could bring more havoc to the East later Tuesday and beyond. Downpours and dangerous wind gusts were possible in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, Accuweather warned.

In Michigan, police in Monroe said a 14-year-old girl died after touching a downed power line. In Ohio, Toledo Fire and Rescue said a woman was killed when a tree fell on her. In Arkansas, an 11-year-old boy was swept into a storm drain and died, authorities said –and a 47-year-old woman who tried to help him was rescued and hospitalized.

More than 500,000 power customers were in the dark in Indiana at the height of the storm Monday night, although the number was less than 20,000 Tuesday morning. In Michigan, more than 640,000 homes and businesses remained without power at sunrise Tuesday, according to the tracking website PowerOutage.

Consumers Energy, which provides electricity to more than half of Michigan residents, said 350 crews were working to restore power. Downed trees, limbs and power lines were reported in more than three dozen counties.

The company said it hoped a majority of homes and businesses left in the dark would have power restored by Wednesday night.

“Yesterday’s severe storms packed a big punch as they pushed through our state,” the company said in a Facebook post. “Today’s dry and hazard-free weather conditions are on our side.”

Indiana and Michigan saw some of the strongest wind gusts, including 81-mph gusts in Lowell, Indiana, 70-mph gusts at Detroit’s City Airport and a 66-mph gust reported in Holland, Michigan, according to AccuWeather data. Hail and downed trees were reported in several states; large hail was reported in central Illinois.

Accuweather said the storm system rolled from Iowa to Ohio before heading eastward into Pennsylvania, pounding the region with bursts of heavy rain and intense wind gusts. Tens of thousands of outages were reported in Pennsylvania and New York.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency after excessive rainfall damaged one of Jackson’s water-treatment plants and caused low water pressure through much of the city.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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