Storms knock out power for thousands in West Michigan

Severe Weather

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Some in West Michigan lost power as showers and storms made their way through the area Tuesday night.

Storms Tuesday and through the week will have an incredibly high moisture content. This means heavy to torrential rainfall is possible with any of the storms that develop. One trained spotter received 3.50″ of rain in just one hour in the Richland area Tuesday. To put that into perspective, we see about 4.00″ of rain total for the month of August.

Consumers Energy said in total 79,000 customers lost power due to Tuesday’s storm. Crews restored services to more than half of the affected customers. The utility company said it expects most customers will have power restored by end of the day.

Consumers said it’s tracking new storms forecasted for Wednesday afternoon and preparing to respond to additional outages if needed.

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