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NWS: Microburst caused damage in Albion
ALBION, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than half of Albion is without power Thursday morning after strong storms ripped through Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service says that a microburst is responsible for much of the damage. It had winds speeds of 70-80 miles per hour.
Crews spent most of the night cleaning up after that destruction.
Roofs are torn off businesses and trees have fallen into buildings.
Many roads are closed because of down trees and power lines.
People are being asked to avoid the area as much as possible.
"Avoid the south part of Albion. Basically anything south of Erie Street is closed," says Chief Scott Kipp of Albion Public Safety. "I'll have people out all night. We're not sure how long it's going to take. Consumers had already told us its a real mess."
Damage is so severe that Albion College is even telling students to go home.
The college is closed until Monday, which has left the campus in the dark without any hot water or food service.
One resident hall is open to out-of-state students but most students are asked to leave Thursday by noon.
"We've been asking students to be out because there are lots of limbs down and power lines down, says Ken Snyder, Albion Colleges director of campus safety. We strongly encouraged students to leave campus Thursday."
Transportation for Albion students to Marshall has also been cancelled for Thursday.
It's unknown when power will be restored or how long those clean-up efforts will take.