GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Strong storms moved across West Michigan Wednesday afternoon into the evening, causing tens of thousands of Consumers Energy customers to lose power.

Top wind gusts Wednesday ranged from 50 to 55 mph. A few reports include:

  • 55 mph gust in Allegan
  • 52 mph gust in St. John’s
  • 45 mph gust in Saint Joseph
  • 40 mph in Dowling

With damaging wind gusts, there were several reports of damage, including downed power lines in Barry County, trees down in the Beadle Lake area and trees and large branches down across roads in the Kalamazoo area.

HEAT INDEX VALUES CLIMB TO 105 DEGREES

A warm front surged through the region, bringing some serious heat. Temperatures climbed from the low to mid-80s on Tuesday to the low 90s on Wednesday. What makes the heat dangerous is the humidity that streams in with it.