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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Haven man was killed and thousands of homes and businesses lost power as severe storms swept through West Michigan early Friday morning, leaving widespread damage in some communities.
Grand Haven appeared to be one of the hardest hit areas, with damage focused around the state park. A 72-year-old man lost his life when a tree came crashing down on his home.
Consumers Energy said some of the more than 150,00 customers who lost power will have to wait until Monday morning to have service restored. Several businesses and organizations closed Friday because of the power outages, including Meijer’s corporate campus.
Several cities have released information about storm cleanup procedures. In Grand Rapids, the city’s yard waste drop-off site at 2001 Butterworth St. SW will be open until 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. While dropping off yard waste is free, it’s only for Grand Rapids residents, who will need to show their ID.
In Hudsonville, crews are working to remove debris on the roads. The city is asking residents to place only tree limbs and branches at the curb, with thick ends towards the street.
In Wyoming, yard waste can be dropped off at the city’s yard waste site at 2660 Burlingame Ave. SW during extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Saturday. On Monday, July 17, the site’s regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume.
The city will also be picking up debris, which must be stacked neatly between the curb and sidewalk. Debris should be ready for pickup by July 17.
Reports of trees blocking roadways or downed power lines can be made to 616.530.7300 ext. 1.