Winter winds

The first big winter storm of the season didn't amount to much snow for the Tri-Cities area, but strong blasts of wind took down trees and power lines in several areas.
Becky Vargo
Dec 22, 2012


The wind also knocked life rings off their mounts on Grand Haven's south pier on Friday, setting off alarms that sent police to the state park.

About 80 customers on the north shore were without power early Friday morning when a tree dropped across North Shore Estates Road and took down a primary power line, said Renee Molyneux, spokeswoman for the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power. The outage was reported at 2:47 a.m. and power was restored at 5:40 a.m., she said.

A tree fell down on a power line in the Highland Park area at about 10 a.m. Friday, knocking out electricity for a half-dozen homes and cottages. That power was restored a couple of hours later.

Molyneux said there were a few more calls about branches on lines, but no other power outages by late Friday afternoon.

Crockery Township firefighters responded to a small wildfire caused by a downed line at 3:27 p.m. in the area of Leonard Road and 96th Avenue.

The big snowstorm called for earlier in the week passed by the Tri-Cities area and headed north.

Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said 67,730 customers were without power late Friday afternoon. During the course of the storm, or since about 4 a.m. Thursday, more than 144,000 customers were affected by weather-related outages, he said. Most of these were wind-related.

More than 1,700 Consumers Energy and contracted employees were working on storm restoration efforts in Michigan, including crews brought in from Ohio and Indiana.

Morgenstern said some customers won't have their power back until late Saturday night, while others in more hard-hit areas may not have their power restored until late Monday.

As of Friday night, Consumers Energy had just over 3,000 customers in Ottawa County without power.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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