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Updated: 600 residents lose power

Published 2:56pm Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Strong winds have knocked out power to over 600 residents in southwest Michigan, an official with Indiana Michigan Power has confirmed.

A total of 670 residents were without power as of 3 p.m., David Switzer said Wednesday afternoon. A majority of those customers were located in Berrien Springs and other customers without power are located along River Road in Buchanan.

Currently Indiana Michigan Power is estimating restoration sometime after 4 p.m. “The wind is making things a little bit difficult,” Switzer.

A high wind warning and winter weather advisory is currently in affect for the Niles area.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Michiana area for today, to remain in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Weather reports predicted falling and blowing snow with temperatures falling by late afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, as much as up to six inches of snow could be seen in the northern parts of both Berrien and Cass counties.

Winds had picked up by early Wednesday afternoon and snow has been falling steadily. Strong winds could make for decreased visibility on some roads due to blowing snow.

The high wind advisory that was issued for northern Indiana and southwest Michigan on Tuesday for Wednesday, lasting well into the evening remains in affect. Winds are expected to reach 35 to 45 miles per hour with gusts possibly as strong as 60 miles per hour.

Motorists should be careful while out on the roads and allow extra time going to and from home. Temperatures were expected to fall throughout the day, with a low of 13 degrees Wednesday night and a high of just 16 degrees Thursday.

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