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(DETROIT) — A series of strong storms battered parts of the Midwest Friday evening, leaving thousands without power and multiple people injured after a tent collapsed in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Friday’s strong winds brought down a large tent during a concert at the Saint Linus Catholic Church Festival in Dearborn Heights. Multiple people were injured, but Chief Dave Brogan of the Dearborn Heights Fire Department commended police for their effort.

“It could have been a lot worse and I could tell you, I know our police officers did a really good job with the crowd control when the storm really, when they saw it was coming,” Brogan said. “People were running to the tent and they were trying to direct them out of the tent and into the school and so for their actions they got a lot more people out of that tent before it collapsed.”

The weather also left thousands of customers throughout Michigan without power. In the Detroit area, at least 350,000 customers were without electricity, and one person in Warren was electrocuted by a downed power line.

DTE Engery spokeswoman Erica Donerson says, “We just like to remind folks whenever storms move through the area that they need to stay at least 20 feet away from any down power line and anything those lines might be in contact with.”

There was also flooding in the streets of Chicago, as almost an inch of rain fell in 20 minutes. Friday’s Cubs game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed until Saturday afternoon.

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