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Western Michigan officials warn residents of winter storm

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Western Michigan officials are warning residents to prepare for a storm that is forecast to bring freezing rain and high winds.

Kent County's emergency management office in Grand Rapids says a winter storm watch has been issued for Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Stewart says wind gusts could reach upward of 50 mph and "could take down trees and power lines."

Up to a half-inch of ice also could accumulate from the storm.

Stewart says residents should have working flashlights and batteries, and a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food.

State emergency officials say the storm is expected to affect most of the Lower Peninsula.

Thunderstorms and wind gusts last week knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses across the state.

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