Many area schools shut down after overnight storms

Many Mid-Michigan schools are closed because of the weather.

Some schools are shut down in Michigan after a severe Midwestern storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands electricity customers statewide.

In the Detroit area, more than 100 school closings were reported Monday morning.

Power outages shut some schools in Genesee County, including Baker College of Flint, as well as in Lapeer and Shiawassee counties. School closings were reported in Bay, Kalamazoo and Midland counties.

Power outages closed some Ann Arbor-area schools. The Ann Arbor News reports that the city of Chelsea was without power, shutting schools there as well.

Closings also were reported in western Michigan.

The storms left travel hazardous in places, with traffic diverted off Interstate 475 in Burton, near Flint, because of flooding on the roadway.