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Strong winds cut power to 1.2 million in central, eastern U.S.

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Powerful winds knocked out power lines and caused widespread damage across much of the Great Lakes and the Northeast on Wednesday.

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By Wednesday evening, nearly 1,200,000 utility customers lost power from the Great Lakes to the central Appalachians. Crews worked through the night in several states to restore power.

A plane taking of from Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan slid off the runway on Wednesday afternoon amid high winds, causing extensive damage, the Associated Press reported.

All plane passengers and staff were safe, including the Michigan men's basketball team, which was on its way to the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C.

In Batavia, New York, a cargo train derailed Wednesday afternoon. According to WIVB, 15-20 train cars went off the tracks around 2 p.m. EST due to the high winds. No injuries were reported.

The winds forced the closure of the skydeck at the Willis Tower in Chicago on Wednesday morning.

High winds ripped the roof off a children's center in Woodland Township, Michigan, on Wednesday morning.

Gusts topped 80 mph in the Rochester, New York, area during Wednesday afternoon. The high winds downed numerous trees and power lines throughout Monroe County, New York.

Winds will subside through Thursday as the storm system that triggered the damaging gusts moves well away from the region.

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