Updated: Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012, 1:45 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012, 5:52 AM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - West Michigan is seeing and feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, which was once a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. It has since weakened and hit the East Coast Monday night. Winds dropped to 65 mph, but it is still packing the punch of a tropical storm.
By early Tuesday, nearly 6.5 million customers were without power across 13 states and the District of Columbia, CNN reports.
The storm is dumping heavy snow in the Appalachians, up to 3 to 4 inches an hour in parts of West Virginia.
At least 13 people are dead in the U.S. Also, one person was killed in Canada. Previously, the storm claimed 67 lives in the Caribbean, including 51 in Haiti.
The storm has stretched into the Midwest.
West Michigan Forecast
As far as the latest weather conditions in West Michigan Tuesday morning, mostly rain is falling from Greenville to the Indiana border, with some spots showing a wintry mix precipitation.
Temperatures range in the low 40s with wind chills in the 20s and 30s, and gusty winds (reports of more than 70 in some communities across the state). It will be windy and wet, with rain and snow showers mixed together throughout the day.
A Wind Advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday for Cass County.
A Wind Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. for Allegan, Barry and Calhoun counties.
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday for Berrien County.
Those gusty winds have knocked out power to at least 119,000 Michigan homes and businesses as the fringes of superstorm Sandy move through the state, according to the Associated Press.
DTE Energy Co. says about 110,000 of its customers have lost power from the high winds linked to the Eastern Seaboard's rough weather. It says about 80,000 remained without power at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
CMS Energy Corp. reports 3,900 customers without service Tuesday afternoon. The utility didn't immediately have a figure available on the total number of customers affected but says it was at least 9,000.
As of 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, these Consumers Energy customers in West Michigan are still affected --
-- Ionia County -- 73
-- Muskegon County -- 320
-- Newaygo County -- 103
-- Ottawa County -- 45
Lake Michigan Conditions
24 Hour News 8 witnessed Tuesday morning wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and waves as high as 18 feet on Lake Michigan in South Haven. Waves could reach 35 feet in the afternoon.
We also saw 6 to 8 feet at the shore of Oval Beach in Saugatuck, and as high as 20 feet offshore.
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