Strong winds fuel high waves, outages in West Michigan

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A rain smeared camera shows waves battering South Haven’s pier on Nov. 1, 2020.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of homes and businesses in West Michigan were without power Sunday as strong winds swept through the area, bringing some snow with them.

Power was restored Sunday evening for most of those impacted. As of 9:45 p.m., 19,702 were without power statewide.

The National Weather Service said the highest recorded wind gusts in West Michigan were between 49 and 60 mph. Gale force winds allowed waves to build from 10 to 15 feet on Lake Michigan, flooding shorelines.

On land, the NWS said falling trees and branches were hazards. Halloween decorations that weren’t tied down could have blown away.

Winds will die down Sunday night but are expected to kick back up Monday to around 20 mph.

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