High winds, not tornadoes, blamed for Michigan storm damage

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This aerial photo shows significant storm damage in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Severe thunderstorms on Wednesday, brought heavy rain, high winds, damaging buildings and leaving tens of thousands without power. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says high winds, not tornadoes, are believed to have caused storm damage earlier this week in Michigan.

Crews made the determination after surveying storm damage Thursday in the western Michigan city of Grand Rapids and surrounding Kent County.

No injuries were reported in the storms Wednesday. More severe thunderstorms moved across Michigan on Friday, causing heavy rain.

Utilities restored power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses that lost electrical service Wednesday due to downed trees and power lines.

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