High winds cause scattered power outages

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:13 AM

BLP Administrative Services Manager Renee Molyneux said there were five customers without power for several hours Wednesday — three of them on West Spring Lake Road in Ferrysburg.

“It was a house here, a house there,” Molyneux said of the outages. “It was sporadic.”

Power was resumed for all five customers by 6:30 p.m., she said.

In Spring Lake Township, there were reports of power issues Wednesday afternoon at the Spring Lake Fitness & Aquatic Center and Spring Lake High School. While the school day wrapped up Wednesday under emergency power generators, the fitness center closed by mid-afternoon.

In Spring Lake, there were reports of a line sparking at 105 S. Lake St. and a smoking transformer on Dewitt Street. There was also a report of a transformer fire at Lakeshore Drive and Lincoln Street in Grand Haven Township at 4:12 p.m., and outages in the 12000 block of North Cedar Drive in Robinson Township.

Consumers Energy spokesman Terry DeDoes said he has record of only three outages in Ottawa County, and none were in the Tri-Cities area.

DeDoes said specific information on addresses could not be made available by press time.

Consumers Energy’s statewide outages peaked at 24,000 by mid-afternoon Wednesday. As of 9 this morning, DeDoes said there were 1,400 outages statewide.

DTE Energy Co. spokesman Alejandro Bopido-Memba said 68,000 homes and businesses in southeast Michigan were without power Wednesday night. He said the hardest hit areas were Ann Arbor, Howell, Pontiac and western Wayne County.

Police in western Wayne County’s Canton Township closed Interstate 275 for a while on Wednesday because of a downed power line. Detroit police advised participants in the Occupy Detroit encampment at Grand Circus Park to find other shelter for the night because of the winds.

The highest wind gust in West Michigan on Wednesday was in Hudsonville, according to weather bureau reports. A citizen reported a gust of 62 mph there at 1:44 p.m.

Other reports of gusts included 60 mph at 2:28 p.m. in Port Sheldon Township, from a trained spotter for the National Weather Service; 51 mph at 5:20 p.m. in Twin Lake; and 47 mph at 1:24 p.m. in Muskegon.

The forecast for the Grand Haven area includes more wind. Occasional rain and snow showers will be around today, with steady temperatures in the mid to upper 30s, and a west-northwest wind gusting to 32 mph. Snow is likely tonight.

Gusts could reach 37 mph Friday night; and it will be breezy through the weekend, but daytime highs are expected to warm into the 50s.

— By Tribune reporters Marie Havenga and Mark Brooky. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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