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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - It’s looking like it will be a wet and windy Halloween in much of Michigan.

The National Weather Service says it expects rain across most of the Upper and Lower peninsulas on Thursday, and thunderstorms in some areas of the state.

High winds gusts of up to 45 miles per hour are also a possibility in the Detroit area, prompting DTE Energy to caution trick-or-treaters about the possibility of downed power lines and power outages.

DTE’s Scott Simons said he doesn’t want to put a damper on Halloween, but there are circumstances where parents should re-think taking their kids out.

“We want to make sure that everyone remains as safe as they make their rounds tonight,” Simons told WWJ’s Lauran Bonnell. “Essentially, if high winds do bring down trees or large branches onto power lines, which cause outages, citizens should really forgo Halloween rounds rather that risk making contact with a down power line.”

Simons said downed power lines are extremely dangerous and everyone, especially small children, need to be reminded to keep back.

“If people do see a downed power line, we definitely want them to stay at least 20 feet away, as well as anything that they’re in contact with such as fences and cars,” he said.

To report a power outage or downed power line, contact DTE Energy at 1-800-477-4747.

Here’s the local forecast from the CBSDetroit Weather Team:

THURSDAY – Overcast with rain,  then thunderstorms after midnight. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. High of 63F, low of 48F.

FRIDAY – Overcast with passing showers. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 20 to 25 mph. High of 55F, low of 43F.

SATURDAY – Clouds increasing as the day goes on. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. High of 50F, low of 36F.

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