Power back for most after Sunday storms

Kent County

(WOOD) — Crews worked all day Monday to restore power to thousands of West Michigan homes and businesses that lost service after storms packing strong winds rolled through the area Sunday night.

“All of the sudden, it started pouring hard. The trees were bending over and making noises and (I was) waiting for something to come down on our house,” northern Kent County resident Shirley Sawyer described the storm.

“The rain was really, really strong. The wind was in sheets and we thought trees were coming at us. It was like they were bending over,” said Art May, whose garden was flattened by the storm.

Consumers Energy told 24 Hour News 8 that more 11,800 customers were without power across the state early Monday afternoon. That dropped to only about 200, only 55 of which were in Kent County, by 11 p.m.

Consumers spokesman Roger Morgenstern said that while the utility company expected a majority of customers to have their power restored before the end of Monday, some customers in northern and western Kent County may not have power until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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Morgenstern reminds people to stay 25 feet away from a downed power line or anything it’s touching and call 911 and Consumers Energy at 1.800.477.5050.

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