Sandy brushes Ottawa County

High winds ripping through the area on Tuesday caused little damage. While Hurricane Sandy - later downgraded to a "superstorm" - slammed the East Coast, high winds stirred up waves on Lake Michigan, but not quite as high as was forecasted.
Krystle Wagner
Oct 31, 2012

Waves churned up from the winds were predicted to reach 33 feet on parts of Lake Michigan, but only reached as high as 22 feet, WZZM-TV Chief Meteorologist George Lessens said.

Lessens said Grand Rapids saw 40 mph winds on Tuesday. The Lakeshore had gusts as high as 64 mph in South Haven, 58 mph at Manistee, 48 mph near Holland and 46 mph in Muskegon, according to the National Weather Service.

Sgt. Glenn Bo of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said minimal damage from the storm was reported as of Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re fortunate compared to what they’re getting on the East Coast,” he said.

A wind advisory posted for West Michigan was canceled several hours before its Tuesday night expiration.

Ottawa County Emergency Management closed the Fisherman’s Parking Lot on Grand Haven's waterfront Monday as a precaution. Grand Haven State Park Supervisor Joyce Rhodes said there were concerns waves would crash over the channel seawall and into the parking lot.

On Tuesday morning, residents hoping to watch the waves parked and walked into the park, Rhodes said. In the afternoon, the Fisherman’s Parking Lot re-opened, as well as part of the state park’s campground.

Rhodes said they hope to keep it open throughout the winter to provide easier access to view waves, icebergs and ice fishing.

“It’s kind of a cool thing to do,” she said about watching the high waves.

Lessens said the winds will diminish today and tonight, in time for trick-or-treating, but some rain remains in the forecast.

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