High winds lead to scattered outages

The surf is up more than 20 feet in the middle of Lake Michigan and high winds knocked out power to a few homes in Grand Haven Thursday night. The gusty winds out of the north have downed tree branches and limbs, but gusts are expected to subside after 2 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. NWS meteorologist Brian Meade said wind gusts of 53 mph were recorded at the Holland pier overnight. South Haven pier gusts hit 68 mph. The Muskegon County Airport recorded gusts of 41 mph, according to the meteorologist.
Marie Havenga
Sep 30, 2011

Meade said a weather buoy directly west of Grand Haven in the middle of Lake Michigan reported 23-foot waves at 4 a.m. and 21-footers as of 8 this morning.

Meade said the conditions are the result of a high pressure center over Lake Huron.

Grand Haven Board of Light & Power spokeswoman Renee Molyneux said this morning that a secondary line on Grand Avenue left a handful of residents without power. At about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Henley Drive off Grand Avenue and part of Harbor Drive were without power, affecting 231 customers until midnight.

Consumers Energy spokesman Tim Pietryga reported 477 customers in Ottawa County without power this morning — almost 300 of them in the Ottawa Beach area near Holland.

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