Strong winds knock out power to 40,000 in Michigan

The National Weather Service warns residents without power of wind chills in the teens Monday Morning.

A powerful cold front plowed across Michigan Sunday accompanied by strong winds which knocked out power to over 41,000 residents and businesses.  The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 54 mph in Muskegon and 48 mph in Battle Creek, Michigan.

A gale warning was posted for much of Lake Michigan until 4 a.m. EST.  The National Weather Service warned of waves from 8-17 feet.

The Upper Peninsula is bracing for 3-8 inches of lake effect snow and up to a foot in Sault Ste. Marie.  Northern Michigan expects only a couple inches.  Blowing snow will reduce visibility and create travel troubles. 

Power company crews slowly restore power as a "widespread chill" sets in.  The Grand Rapids National Weather Service office warns residents that wind chills will be in the teens Monday Morning.