Wind knocks over boat, brings down trees

High winds along the lake shore Friday night and into Saturday morning did more than knock leaves down this weekend.
Tribune Staff
Oct 27, 2013


There were reports of downed limbs, a toppled boat and debris throughout the Tri-Cities area.

Keith and Mary Monarch were watching TV at about 1 a.m. Saturday when they heard "very loud rumbling followed by a huge BOOM. The entire house shook."

"We thought it took out part of the house and ran for the door," Mary said. "Both doors of the house are about 20 feet apart (on the) same side of the house. Both doors were blocked by tree branches. We had to climb our way out."

By morning light, they found that a "huge tree" had fallen on their two cars in the 13900 block of 168th Avenue in Grand Haven. They said the tree very nearly hit their old farmhouse and the garage.

"When it came down, it broke halfway up and folded over on itself," Mary said. "If it had not broken in half, it would have been in the house."

Up the road, at the marina off of Jackson Street, Rick Phillips took a photo of a boat that appeared to have toppled over after particularly mighty wind gusts.

Another Tribune reader, Barbara Swanson, reported that while on her way home from work late Friday night, the wind rocked her van as she was crossed the bridge.

"Very scary feeling," she shared.

Local police agencies logged several other complaints of wind-related damage. For instance, a tree fell onto Ferry, blocking the roadway, at about 10 p.m. Friday, and Road Closed signs blew all over the intersection of Waverly Avenue and S. Beacon Boulevard, blocking traffic.

The coastline, from South Haven to Ludington, was buffetted by winds from the southwest of up to 50 mph. People were urged to stay away from piers, breakwaters and beaches as waves were pushed into the 10- to 18-foot range.

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That'll teach ya to stay up so late watching TV.


Maybe this family works are very rude ggravish. Who are you to say they should be in bed at the same time you are?


He's trying to be funny Reese. Sometimes he is, but most of the time not so much. He should be doing his homework, but he's too smart for that education stuff. I like to think of him as a slightly amusing, somewhat annoying, cute little troll. Once he finds himself a girlfriend he'll stop having to try and upset the natives.


Hahahah. And you, I like! :-)


I have a great receipe for derp that will pair nicely with your herp if you would like it.


Talk english junior, all that jibber jabber just gives me a headache. I've got a 2 year old granddaughter that makes more sense than you most times.....but if you want to send a recipe out to the list then knock yourself out.


I think he's funny. If you can't find the humor in a situation that could have been much worse, or are offended by a bedtime comment...


Hey, look Gravish, your mom showed up to defend her baby boy. How sweet. I knew you were a good kid, just alittle misguided.


You are old and grumpy and combative. Smell ya later, it's not even enjoyable anymore.


Not mom, but I can appreciate the humor when most everyone else in the comment section of this newspaper believe they are the epitome of political, religious, community, and family matters. His humor, as innapropriate as it may be to some is a nice break from the endless argumentative and competitive comments that flood any story the Tribune deems news worthy. Then again, I think trolls are hilarious...


I think he's funny too, but I don't want him getting a big head. :-)

Tri-cities realist

Did anybody else find the irony in the picture of the "American Dream" toppled on its side? I'm pretty sure Vlad will / did.


herp and derp.


Oh no, not you too!?!?

"Definition #7 on the Urban Dictionary.

7. herp derp
Something idiots say. Usually it is supposed to indicate stupidity in somebody else, but the person saying it is usually the dumb one.
Herp derp look at this noob".

I rest my case.



(My new MO, since some intimated I talk too much...)


Hey, I didn't say that, did I?

At the risk of being hypocritical, I do like the short and sweet approach. :-)


When I was a kid we had a horrible windstorm once. It knocked over the gaslamp next to our water closet and set our horseless carriage on fire. The fire raged for hours as hoses had not yet been invented, and the firemen had to douse the flames one non-stainless steel (not invented yet, of course) bucket at a time.


Wow, it's like you were right there beside me when it was all happening.


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