Storms knock out power, down trees

A view of Grand Rapids as a storm rolled in from Lookout Hill. Photo courtesy: Keegan Good via ReportIt. (June 18, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Power to thousands of homes and businesses in West Michigan was knocked out Wednesday when a second round of storms rolled through the area.

The storm rolling in over Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park. Photo courtesy: Carl Ylinen. (June 18, 2014)
(Grand Haven State Park — Photo courtesy: Carl Ylinen)

Thousands of Consumers Energy customers in West Michigan lost power Wednesday.

Kent County was the hardest hit — at one point, more than 10,000 customers were without electricity. But by Thursday afternoon, all by about 800 Consumers customers in Kent County had power back.

>>Consumers Energy outage map

Storm clouds roll in over Byron Center. Photo courtesy Anya Plummer. (June 18, 2014)
(Byron Center — photo courtesy Anya Plummer)

The storm left damage of several kinds in its wake: Flooding, downed trees and fires.

Heavy rainfall flooded a number of city streets in Grand Rapids Wednesday morning. The rain overwhelmed storm drains for a time, including the area of Division Avenue south of Hall Street.

The storms also knocked down trees in the Greenville area and had some buses running late in the Greenville Public Schools district. The district still has school this week due to all of the snow days it had earlier this year.

In Eureka Township, a tree fell along Harlow Road in the early morning hours, pulling down a power line, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. The tree and power line landed on an eastbound car. A 16-year-old driver and her 15-year-old driver were trapped in the car for some time before Consumers Energy and the Greenville Department of Public Safety removed the power line and free them. No one was hurt.

In Montcalm County, a lightning strike around 3:30 a.m. is believed to have started a fire that destroyed an Amish sawmill.

In Muskegon County, a woman says she was hit by lightning as she lay in her bed around 3 a.m.

Crews respond to a fire at a Three River apartment complex. (Courtesy Pat Holtz via ReportIt - June 18, 2014)
(Crews respond to a fire at a Three River apartment complex. Courtesy Pat Holtz via ReportIt.)

A lightning strike is believed to have started a fire in the attic of Bentwater Apartments in Three Rivers in St. Joseph County around 2 p.m. Wednesday. The fire department says a fire wall in the attic helped contain the fire to the south end of the building. The damage caused by that fire was primarily to the structure’s roof.

No residents were hurt, though a firefighter sustained minor injuries when a ceiling collapsed on him, according to the Three Rivers Fire Department.

>>Photos: June 18 storms

24 Hour News 8 also received viewer photos from around West Michigan of golf ball-sized hail.

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