Power outages in several W. MI counties after storm

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Lighting in Sparta during a storm classified as a derecho that went through West Michigan on Aug. 10, 2020. (Courtesy: Karen Crissey)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A storm system that ripped through parts of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana Monday also traveled through West Michigan Monday evening.

The storm caused significant damage in Iowa where, with wind gusts clocked above 120 mph, it was classified as a derecho. The National Weather Service in Des Moines reported cars blown of the road and flipped, as well as roofs torn from buildings.

The storm had over 700 separate wind reports, with some areas seeing hurricane-force winds. Some areas saw strong winds go through, while other areas had winds that were more detained.

Online maps showed huge swathes of Iowa without power.

Maps show power outages in Iowa and Illinois.

The core of the storm tracked almost directly east, moving into northern Illinois.

After it rolled on shore in West Michigan around 6 p.m., wind gusts reached 60 mph in some areas, and that led to power outages.

As Tuesday afternoon, the Consumers Energy power outage map showed service had been restored to most in West Michigan, though Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties were still seeing a few hundred outages. Everyone was expected to have power back by 10 p.m.

Consumers said it would be sending 15 crews to Indiana to help restore power to some 90,000 customers.

The storm brought lighting and much needed rain. Looking forward, West Michigan will be seeing sunshine.

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