Winds knock out power to thousands in Michigan

College Avenue Michigan Street power outage
A dark traffic signal hangs above College Avenue and Michigan Street during a May 18, 2017 power outage.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of homes and businesses in Michigan lost power Thursday as strong winds whipped through the state.

As of 11:30 p.m., around 3,500 Consumers Energy customers statewide were without power, according to the company’s outage map, down from more than 12,000 earlier in the day. Service had been restored to nearly everyone in West Michigan.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of West Michigan, including Kent, Ottawa, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Ionia, Newaygo, Calhoun, Allegan, Barry, and Montcalm counties. Storm Team 8 says wind gusts could reach 35 mph to 45 mph with winds peaking from late morning through the afternoon.

The advisory is expected to expire at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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