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    Storm Knocks Out Power for Thousands Across Michigan, Canada
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    The area around Ludington North Breakwater, Michigan, where 60 mph winds threw waves upon the land on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

    Strong wind blasts on Christmas Eve knocked out power for a quarter-million customers in Michigan and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, NBC News reported. 

    About 105,000 customers in Michigan were still without power at 9 p.m. ET, utility companies reported. Hydro-Québec said about 60,000 customers had no power at 11 p.m. And Hydro One said it was still working to restore power to about 39,000 customers in Ontario at 11 p.m.

    The power failures were mainly caused by downed tree branches, Hydro One said Thursday night.

    Sustained winds reached 60 mph in some areas during the day. Police in Montreal closed both René Lévesque Boulevard, one of the city's major streets, in both directions Thursday afternoon after gusts blew construction materials off towers under construction.