GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Windy conditions this past weekend left thousands of people in West Michigan without electricity and caused some damage.
West Michigan power outages as of 11 a.m. Monday:
- Allegan County: 38
- Barry County: 26
- Calhoun County: 40
- Kalamazoo County: 35
- Kent County: 100
- Muskegon County: 78
- Ottawa County: 25
Remaining customers should receive electric service by the end of Monday.
Some traffic lights in downtown Grand Rapids were out and businesses were in the dark Sunday. High winds ripped the steel from a Meijer gas station canopy in Byron Center, located off US 131.
Overall, according to Consumers Energy, more than 79,000 customers statewide were affected by outages.
Kurt Rogers was among those without power Sunday.
"I'm just running a couple cords inside to keep the TV on and keep the heater on," said Rogers.
He and many of his neighbors weren't so worried about the lights being out. Their bigger concern was the heat, as temperatures are expected to dip into the teens Monday and Tuesday with single-digit overnight temperatures.
"I haven't heard anything on the electricity coming back on yet either, so who knows how long that's going to be," he said.
Rogers' next-door neighbor, Eddie Brown, and his family were also without power -- and they don't have a generator.
"It got pretty chilly in here last night," Brown said. "Another night like that? I don't think we can do it."
On Sunday, the Browns got creative -- they boiled water on their gas stove to heat the house, and charged batteries for the DVD player in their car so their son could watch a movie.
"A little ingenuity helps out," said Brown. "Keeping him happy, keeping him warm: That's what parents are supposed to do."
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.