Power back for most in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of homes and businesses across West Michigan, including the Van Buren County Courthouse, lost power on Thursday as a storm brought strong winds to the region.

By Thursday night, power had been restored to nearly everyone in West Michigan, with only about 1,000 customers still in the dark in the WOOD TV8 viewing area.

The latest outage numbers by county as of 10:30 p.m., according to Consumers Energy online outage map:

  • Barry: 340
  • Kent: 144
  • Muskegon: 198
  • Ottawa: 64
  • Van Buren: 164

Court administrator Frank Hardester told 24 Hour News 8 that while the Van Buren County Courthouse was closed for business Thursday, the South Haven Courthouse was open.

Consumers Energy customers can now sign up to receive alerts on their phone when there is an electrical outage in their area (including scheduled outages) and when power is expected to be restored. To sign up, text REG to 232273 (CECARE).

A deepening low pressure system arrived in the Great Lakes Wednesday evening, bringing with it strong winds and rain. Wind gusts are expected to reach gusts around 40-50 mph with even stronger gusts possible along the lakeshore.

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