Outages affect 1,000 customers in Grand Haven, Spring Lake

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Officials from the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power and Consumers Energy reported lightning strikes to be the cause of the outages.

Some 566 customers on the east side of Grand Haven lost power for about 20 minutes when lightning struck the area at about 11:25 a.m., BLP spokeswoman Renee Molyneux said.

A utility crew found no damage, so the breaker was reset and power restored at 11:45 a.m., she said.

Lightning also struck and blew off the top of a tall utility pole near Ferry Elementary School at about the same time, Molyneux said. This strike was not related to the power outage.

Residents and business owners in the west end of Spring Lake had a harder time Monday as power to 525 customers there was lost for a good part of the day.

Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said lightning struck a pole near Spring Lake District Library at 11:34 a.m. Power was fully restored to the area at about 3:15 p.m., he said.

Officials from both utilities said there were other scattered outages in the area of between one and 15 customers.

Morgenstern said we may see more power outages Tuesday and Wednesday from scattered thunderstorms.

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