ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Mother Nature knocked down hundreds of trees, which in turn took down power lines in Kent County Saturday evening. Storms blew through at about 6 p.m., leaving many in the dark.
"I heard a bang and it was like pishoom!" Phyllis Dewitt said.
She heard a tree come down on a power line and catch fire right outside of her house. The massive amounts of electricity running through the lines kept crews from putting the fire out with water.
Alpine Township Fire officials had to wait for Consumers Energy crews to show up and disconnect power to the line.
Logan and Derek Willmer couldn't have picked a worse time to drive down the street for some ice cream
"We got to Lamoreaux and there were branches coming down the street, transformers were starting to spark. Actually the traffic signals, I thought they were going to drop on the car in front of me," Derek said.
Right around the corner, clean-up plans were underway at Maranatha Bible Church about an hour after a massive tree snapped in the yard. It came down yards away from the pavilion they just completed/
"We'll have to get that out of here tomorrow on Fathers Day, make it happen," Bryan Burgess, a member of Marantha Bible Church said. "[We] have to get a bunch of people with saws and clear it out,"
Their goal is to begin clearing the tree at 6 a.m. and to finish it in time for church.
The clean-up had already begun in the Prangley's yard, just a few blocks from the church. Amy and her sons watched the storm from inside their home.
"It just all started at once like the wind just rushed in and branches were just falling from the trees. It was crazy so I just ran inside," Nolan Prangley said.
"The giant trees were swaying and blowing toward the house," his mother, Amy, said. "Then that giant branch fell down in their yard back there and then that one came down after it."
Saturday night, Consumers Energy officials told 24 Hour News 8 that 3500 people were in the dark.
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
Police say snow is making roads "treacherous" and are urging people to stay home if possible.