GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A line of showers and storms that swept over Lake Michigan and into West Michigan overnight Tuesday produced widespread wind damage, causing hundreds of thousands to lose power.
With another rounds of storms Wednesday night, the restoration estimate for some has been pushed back to Saturday morning.
Well over 200,000 Consumers Energy customers remained without power Wednesday night, up from around 170,000 earlier in the day but down from a high of nearly 222,000. Kent County was among the hardest-hit, with more than 40,000 customers without power at one point.
There were almost 2,500 downed wires reported, Consumers Energy said in a release. Downed power lines should always be treated as if they are live, even if they’re not sparking. If you see one, stay at least 25 feet away and call 911.
More than 450 crews were working to restore power and crews from seven other states, including Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Tennessee, will be in Michigan Thursday to help, Consumers Energy said.
“For Consumers Energy, this is an all-hands-on-deck effort. Our top priority remains to restore power quickly and safely to customers who count on us,” Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president for electric operations, said in a Wednesday night release. “We appreciate our customers’ patience, particularly as we deal with another round of severe weather that has caused new outages today.”
Due to a power outage, the Allegan County Health Department is experiencing phone issues. Those who call the health department are asked to leave a message and officials will return your call as soon as possible. For those who need immediate response are asked to email the service area for a faster response.
The Tuesday night showers and storms were fast to arrive and fast to leave. Most areas saw winds between 30 and 50 mph, which is still strong enough to knock out power. Wind gusts were as high as 70 mph in some areas. Winds in the Dorr area reached close to 70 mph, which is stronger than a weak tornado. There have not been any tornadoes confirmed in our area yet.
A fire broke out in West Olive Tuesday night near Polk Street and 120th Avenue. The fire is believed to have been caused by a downed power line. It’s unclear at this time if anyone was injured.
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