Wind storm topples power lines, trees

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:05 PM

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.

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