ROSS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 10,000 Consumers Energy customers in parts of Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties lost power following a storm that prompted a tornado warning Saturday.
Consumers worked Saturday and Sunday to restore power, and the lights were back on for everyone affected by the storm by around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Consumers’ interactive power outage map.
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The Saturday storm that prompted first a severe thunderstorm and then tornado warning was being fed by warm temperatures. Storm Team 8 said it was producing frequent lightning, and was capable of producing golf ball-sized hail and gusty winds in excess of 60 mph.
Residents in the Richland and Gull Lake area said strong winds and heavy rain came through around 6:30 p.m., and straight-line winds knocked over many trees and downed power lines.
A twisted tree could be a sign of a tornado and radar indicated one was possible, but a tornado has not been verified.
Additionally, the National Weather Service says it does not intend to conduct a survey of whether there actually was a tornado. NWS officials said they decide when to conduct surveys on a case-by-case basis.
There have been no reported injuries.