Wind storm topples power lines, trees

(UPDATED Thursday 4:20 p.m.) Residents of Spring Lake, Grand Haven, Ferrysburg and outlying areas are dealing with massive power outages and downed trees after waves of storm cells passed over West Michigan on Thursday morning.
Tribune Staff
Sep 4, 2014


In all, some 2,500 people in the Tri-Cities area were without power as of 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

Renee Molyneux, spokeswoman for the Board of Light and Power, said there is an area from the diesel power plant to Beechtree Street that has 1,288 customers without power.  That's likely caused by a tree on a power line. She estimated it would be fixed within an hour, or by about noon.

Also, a pole snapped on North Shore Road, so the road there is closed and 300 customers are without power as repairs are being made throughout the day.

Officials said the road partially opened at about 3:30 p.m. and traffic is getting through. The residents in that area should have power restored by 6 p.m.

Consumers Energy reports a 184-customer outage in Fruitport, a 518-customer outage in the Nunica area, a 124-customer outage in Spring Lake, and scattered outages in Grand Haven Township. The outages in Fruitport and Nunica don't have a restoration time line yet, a spokesman said. Power in Spring Lake Village is expected to be back on by 10 p.m. today.

Residents throughout the area scrambled to secure boats to docks, picnic table umbrellas to houses, and workers at the farm market in Spring Lake Village rushed to take down tents and gather belongings as the wind picked up.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards and small craft warning until 11 a.m. Friday, as well as a hazardous weather outlook and a strong wind advisory for today. The strong winds developed behind an exiting thunderstorm this morning with gusts of up to 50 mph and higher observed in our area. The wind is expected to die down through the afternoon.






I hope Becky offered a lending hand to Morgan Boyer getting her boat under control, rather than just taking a picture of her struggling.

Barry Soetoro

I'm wondering if the girl had access to guns.

Back to the Wall

You know, if she did have access, the headline would have mentioned it.

Barry Soetoro

True - good point.

Becky Vargo

Actually, thanks for asking. I did help. I alerted Ms. Boyer that her family's boat was loose. She ran out on the dock first. I shot off two photos, tucked my camera inside my raincoat and went to work. It was quite the struggle in the strong wind, rain and waves. A nearby elderly resident eventually made his way out there and gave us more rope. Morgan was very calm and in control of the situation, but it definitely was not something she could do by herself.


Good deal!

Barry Soetoro

What is the criteria to label someone as "elderly"? Just wondering.


Over 50, deal with it G-pa


Okay, now it looks like you are show-boating......get it? show-boating.

Barry Soetoro

Nope. Try again.


Where are some of these thoughts mentioned coming from?


From modern chemistry, m'aam. Whoo Hoo!

Barry Soetoro

Wow. This article took on a whole new life.


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