Thousands in West MI lose power after storms

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Nick Ponton ‏@nick_ponton 4m4 minutes ago Crews from Consumers Energy working near Grand Junction in Van Buren County to restore power after the storm. (Aug. 20, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As West Michigan residents worked to clean up after Saturday’s powerful storm, Consumers Energy crews worked to turn the power back on.

The storm system produced multiple tornadoes as it swept through multiple West Michigan counties, bringing down trees and power lines. The hardest hit region in terms of power outages was Kent County, where more than 25,000 people lost electricity service in the wake of the storm.

Here are the power outage numbers as of 11:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Consumers Energy outage map:

  • Kent County: 3,012
  • Ottawa County: 106

“I didn’t hear nothing like the freight train you always hear about, but I seen the wind was going every different way. It was quite scary,” said Wyoming resident John Johnson.

His home wasn’t damaged, but he didn’t lose power.

24 Hour News 8’s Joe LaFurgey spoke with Consumers Energy Vice President of Electric Operations Guy Packard on Daybreak Sunday. Packard says most Grand Rapids residents are projected to have power restored by midnight Monday. He also says that approximately 55 poles were sheared due to the damage.

Click on the video above to watch the full interview and get a look at the inside of Consumers Energy’s Mobile Command Center.

Packard says the Mobile Command Center allows the power company to get a better grip on the magnitude of the outages by bringing crews directly to ground zero.

“It gives us a lot of flexibility in terms of being able to dispatch our crews,” he said. “Ultimately focus on the customers in terms of getting their power back sooner.”


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