Power outages across state blamed on wind

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — About 10,000 Consumers Energy customers across the state lost power on Sunday due to high winds.

According to Consumers spokesperson Brian Wheeler, the wind brought down tree limbs and branches onto power lines, causing the problems. Allegan and Kalamazoo counties were among the hardest hit in West Michigan.

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The high winds were also blamed for causing a partial building collapse in Kalamazoo.

There were wind advisories in effect for all of West Michigan on Sunday. Most were scheduled to end at midnight, but they were allowed to expire early.

24 Hour News 8 chief meteorologist Bill Steffen says a peak wind gust of 52 mph was measured at the lakeshore at Holland on Sunday. There was also a 52 mph gust in Kalamazoo and a 50 mph gust at the beach in Muskegon.

>>Bill’s Blog: Wind Advisory