High winds close bridge

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — High winds swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and prompting a partial closure of the Mackinac Bridge.

Winds were reported gusting more than 50 mph on Tuesday morning in places. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy both reported several thousand scattered outages.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the bridge connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas was closed Tuesday morning to all vehicles except for passenger cars, passenger vans and empty pickups. Those crossing the bridge were told to drive slowly.

In southwestern Michigan, a motorcyclist died after crashing early Tuesday into a utility truck. Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said the truck was parked alongside a road in Kalamazoo County.