FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A line of early Tuesday morning storms caused significant damage in the Whitehall area.
The area was hammered by strong winds around 4:30 a.m., downing a number of trees.
“I just heard this loud wooshing sound and it started getting really windy,” resident Wanda Carmean described.
In the 4900 block of Orshal Road near Duck Lake Road, two trees were uprooted and came crashing down on the roof of a home. Neighbors said the family who lives there was trapped inside for a time, but eventually all made it out safely.
“It was loud,” neighbor Steve Mixter said. “My wife was screaming. It took out the neighbor’s house. We were lucky. God spared us.”
But nearly everyone in the Fruitport Township neighborhood south of Whitehall sustained some property damage.
“All of the sudden I heard this bang and (a downed tree) hit my truck,” Carmean said. “I walked outside and there it was right in front of my truck.”
Then, only a few hours later, another system rolled through.
According to the Consumers Energy outage website, the storms also knocked out power to more than a thousand people in the Whitehall area. You can see the outage map at this link.
Downed power lines were also a major concern. Consumers and fire officials warned residents to stay clear.