Blackouts and Flooding Plague Midwest, New Storms for Northwest

Associated Press - December 29, 2008 2:33 PM ET

DETROIT (AP) - Utility crews continue to work to restore power to tens of thousands of customers in Michigan, where electricity was knocked out by a gusty weekend storm.

According to the state's utilities, more than half of the 400,000 customers who lost power now have it back. But at least some could remain in the dark until Wednesday.

Rain and melting snow is causing flooding worries throughout the Midwest. Forecasters say parts of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and northwestern Ohio could be vulnerable.

Meanwhile, winter storm warnings have been issued again throughout the Northwest. The National Weather Service says northeastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle can expect 3 to 7 inches of new snow in the valleys, and 6 to 10 inches in the mountains through this evening.

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