Storms start to move out of West Michigan

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Severe thunderstorms are starting to move out of West Michigan Friday night.

Thunderstorm watches are in effect for Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Kalamazoo, Ottawa, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties until 5 a.m. Saturday.

There is also a flood advisory for Allegan and Ottawa counties until 7 a.m. Saturday.

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However, by 11 p.m. the storms were starting to move towards Jackson. The National Weather Service says the severe storm will be just east of Albion will continue to move east along the I-94 corridor.

Southwest Michigan, including Van Buren and Calhoun counties, got the brunt of the storm damage with fallen trees being seen in Covert.

Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning, but that alert expired by 11 p.m. Friday.

Consumers Energy is reporting significant outages in the following West Michigan counties as of 11:30 p.m. Friday:

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  • Allegan County: 226 customers
  • Branch County: 155 customers
  • Barry County: 325 customers
  • Calhoun County: 395 customers
  • Kalamazoo County: 1,905 customers
  • Kent County: 31 customers
  • Ottawa County: 5 customers
  • St Joseph County: 255 customers
  • Van Buren County: 2,522 customers
Courtesy photos of down trees in Barry County's Hastings after a storm on June 26, 2020.
Courtesy photos of down trees in Barry County’s Hastings after a storm on June 26, 2020.

The showers and storms will exit after midnight. Expect a mostly sunny stretch to follow this batch of severe weather and temperatures ramping up closer to 90 next week.

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