Mackinac Bridge reopens after strong winds

In this Feb. 11, 2014 aerial photo the Mackinac Bridge over the the Straits of Mackinac spans an ice cover that stretches into the horizon in Michigan. As of Feb. 13, the ice cover extended across 88 percent of the Great Lakes and almost completely covered, according to the federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. (AP Photo/ Traverse City Record-Eagle, Keith King Pool)

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge has reopened after a weather-related shutdown.

Certain vehicles still needed an escort Friday night due to strong winds and other risky conditions on the five-mile bridge connecting the Upper and Lower peninsulas.

Whiteout conditions were reported for much of the day in western Michigan and parts of the Upper Peninsula. A stretch of U.S. 2 near the Mackinac Bridge was closed due to weather conditions and poor visibility.

State police and other law enforcement groups had to untangle a series of crashes involving nearly 20 vehicles on U.S. 2. Some injuries were severe but not life-threatening.




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