More than 10K in W. MI without power after strong winds

Rain in downtown Grand Rapids
Rain drops cover the lens of a tower camera overlooking downtown Grand Rapids on Jan. 10, 2017.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Winds have relaxed this morning, after powerful winds caused power outages across the region.  The Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning have expired.

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We’ve already seen our peak wind gusts. Here’s a few of the many reports we received Tuesday evening. The winds have now diminished to around 10 mph this morning.

peak-windsA gust to 66 mph was recorded at the Chicago water intake out in Lake Michigan. Here’s a link to more peak wind gusts.

Approx. 31,500 Consumers Energy customers across West Michigan lost power as the high winds brought down tree limbs and power lines.  The total number without power was down to 12,328 by 9:15 am.

Outage numbers by county as of 9:15 a.m.:

  • Allegan: 1,772
  • Barry: 1,508
  • Branch: 117
  • Calhoun: 975
  • Ionia: 753
  • Kalamazoo: 813
  • Kent: 744
  • Mecosta: 458
  • Montcalm: 62
  • Muskegon: 309
  • Newaygo: 387
  • Ottawa: 377
  • Van Buren: 270

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Midwest Energy Cooperative also said that about 2,000 customers in southwest Michigan were without power as of 9:30 p.m. because of the wind. It said the most heavily impacted areas included Three Rivers, Union, Jones, Mottville and White Pigeon.

Numerous trees and power lines have been toppled by the storm. This large branch fell in Muskegon shortly after 5 p.m.

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Photo courtesy Joe Beardsley.

Morning temperatures are in the 20s, so a few icy spots are possible on roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways through the early morning.

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The milder temperatures lowered concerns about ice jams on the Grand River Tuesday morning. Ice jams commonly form at bends in rivers and streams; typically they are seen in the Grand River near Robinson Township and Polkton Township.

With ice jams comes the risk of flooding. The NWS has issued a number of flood advisories, including a one just before noon Tuesday for Ionia. It expects the Grand River in Ionia to rise to nearly 17.3 feet by Sunday afternoon, spilling over its banks. There’s also a flood advisory for the Grand River in Comstock Park, where the river will come very close to the flood stage of 12 feet.

However, in other areas like the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, the warmer temperatures and rain are breaking up most ice formations.

>>App users: Watch the ice move down the Grand River in Grand Rapids

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