Crews whittle down outages after Wednesday storm


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Storms that slammed into West Michigan Wednesday evening brought down power lines and left tens of thousands of people without service, most of them in areas where conditions were prime for tornadoes.

Consumers Energy said more than 54,000 customers were affected by the severe weather. Crews had restored power to the majority of them by mid-Thursday.

But there were still outages. Around 12:45 p.m. Friday, 7300 Consumers customers statewide were without power. Most — nearly 4,700 — were in Kent County.

Here’s a list of outages by count as of about 11 a.m. Friday, according to Consumers’ interactive outage map:

  • Kent: 4,791
  • Newaygo: 162
  • Ottawa: 215

The utility company expects to have power restored to the hardest hit areas late Friday. However, Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern told News 8 that more storms in the forecast could delay restoration.

The storm that hit West Michigan left a path of destruction in its wake, including roofs ripped from buildings in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood, trees toppled onto cars and across roads and, of course, downed power lines.

You should always stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines, even it it doesn’t look like they are energized. If you see one, call 911 and then Consumers at 800.477.5050.



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