We took a quick ride around the northern side of Midland after lunch to see who did and didn't have lights. A large swath between Wheeler and Wackerly was down for the count; including all the lights on Saginaw west of Eastlawn and even the Wackerly-Eastman corner; that's the south edge our mall quadrant right at the US-10 expressway exit, so that was a major mess.
One friend who lives just south of Wheeler is staying at a hotel and another friend who lives just north of Wheeler is staying with friends; both of them are without power at home, and temperatures in the 30s aren't conducive to roughing it out at home.
Oddly, it's the upscale part of town that got hit hardest, so those folks can largely afford to find a nearby hotel; some of those folks are in apartments and might not have the cash on hand to spring for multiple days in a hotel, so we might wind up seeing some shelters opened up.
Delta College's Midland campus was deserted; it is in the old Regina High building on Wheeler right in the heart of outage territory, so my niece won't be taking her night class there (she's taking some classes at Delta as a high school senior; time really flies).
A number of poles were either down or tilting; tilting polls along Wackerly just east of the 555 medical building shut down the road. Another poll by the North Saginaw fire station seemed to be looking like he had a few too many.
Here's an interesting ap from our local power company showing the outages; lots of red in Midland.
At least it wasn't a tornado; other areas further south got hit far worse, and our side of town got off with just a few downed tree limbs.