Thousands without power after storms hit West Michigan

Kent County
A picture of lightning at Vestaburg in Montcalm County. (Courtesy of DeHate Burggren Marlena)
A picture of lightning at Vestaburg in Montcalm County. (Courtesy of DeHate Burggren Marlena)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of homes and businesses are still without power after thunderstorms rolled through the area Friday night into early Saturday morning.

The number of Consumers Energy customers without power dropped from 33,836 at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to 8,508 outages around 11 p.m.

According to Consumers Energy’s outage map, the following West Michigan counties had at least 100 outages as of 11 p.m. Saturday:

  • Allegan County: 278 customers
  • Ionia County: 420 customers
  • Kent County: 5,561 customers
  • Montcalm County: 722 customers
  • Ottawa County: 1,013 customers

>>>Inside WOOD TV8: Power outage map

The severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for our area have since expired. However, a new hazard emerged: dangerous conditions on the lakeshore.

Authorities shut down Grand Haven’s south pier Saturday after two teens were swept into Lake Michigan. Bystanders pulled them to safety.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids says the hardest hit area was Cedar Springs.

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