Video and photos: March wind damage across West Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — High winds caused many problems across West Michigan Wednesday.

Gusts that topped 60 mph knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the state, according to Consumers Energy. The downed lines and high winds were the perfect recipe for grass fires, which were also reported in the area.

The strong winds also uprooted trees, damaged roofs, knocked out power to traffic lights, whipped up big waves on Lake Michigan and tipped over semi-trucks.

One of the casualties was Angela White’s Cutlerville home.

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“They were sitting there eating tacos and then the next thing I hear is snap and then boom!” She recalled. “It shook the whole trailer.”

The falling tree poked a hole through her ceiling.

“They have a person coming to cut the tree down. They’re going to put a tarp over it tonight. They’re going to have someone fix it tomorrow,” she said.

The high winds kept both utility crews and companies like Timber Ridge Tree Service busy.

“Definitely a high wind in the area and I expect to (have) a lot more work available for us today,” said Tim Simon as he cleared a tree off one Plainfield Township home.

Kevin Dikker’s home was also damaged by a fallen tree, but he remains positive.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said Dikker

Wednesday, more than a dozen Michigan counties were under a High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service.