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Thousands without power in UP

MARQUETTE, Mich. - About 6,000 people are without power tonight in portions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, according to the Upper Peninsula Power Company. The company has been sending out tweets all day on the status of the storm as they work to clear downed trees and power lines. The National Weather Service in Marquette reports wind gusts approaching 70 mph, with waves on Lake Superior in the 20-25 foot range - making for very dangerous conditions.

According to our sister station, WJMN-TV, the U-S Coast Guard is assisting in the search for a man and woman who reportedly were swept into Lake Superior at Black Rocks in Marquette. Marquette Police got the call about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, according to WJMN.

Various warming shelters have opened up throughout the UP to accomodate those affected by the power outages. People with health related issues or using oxygen are encouraged to contact 9-1-1 if the power is not restored into the evening hours.

The National Weather Service out of Marquette, Michigan reports that winds are diminishing tonight, with rain changing to snow in some places. Accumulations of up to three inches can be expected. 

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