Thousands lose power as high winds rip through Michigan

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands lost power in West Michigan after high winds ripped through the state Saturday.

The state saw gusts of winds that exceeded 70 mph, with Holland seeing 60 mph winds, Battle Creek seeing 66 mph winds, Grand Haven and Muskegon seeing 68 mph winds and Saugatuck seeing 72 mph winds, according to the National Weather Service.

The winds stem from a storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes and wreaked havoc across five states, killing dozens.

The winds knocked out the power for over 146,000 Consumers Energy customers, it said. It expects power to be restored for most costumers by the end of the day Monday.

In Kent County, firefighters had a difficult time containing an apartment fire due to 50 mph winds. Two firefighters were injured, the Grand Rapids Fire Department said.

A house fire in Holland was likely caused by a tree that fell on the home’s electrical wiring.

In Ionia County, a viewer photo sent to News 8 showed a tower that was part of the entranceway to the Ionia Fairground had fallen over.

A tower for the entranceway for the Ionia Fairground fell over Saturday. (courtesy Polly Em)

A falling tree caused minor damage to a police cruiser in Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said in a release.

A photo of the damage to a police cruiser. (courtesy Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety)

There are multiple wires down due to the winds, according to the Kent County Dispatch.

If you see a downed power line, assume it’s live and stay at least 25 feet away from it. Report the downed power line by calling call 911 or Consumers Energy at 800.477.5050.

The Kent County Health Department is reminding people not to use a generator indoors, as the carbon monoxide can be deadly, and to keep your refrigerator doors closed. Food can generally last about four hours after losing power, the health department said.

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