Strong winds fell trees in Ottawa County

Becky Vargo • Apr 11, 2019 at 1:42 PM

Reports of trees on wires and trees on roads have kept emergency crews busy in some areas of Ottawa County on a windy Thursday.

The Consumers Energy Outage map showed some scattered outages in northwest Ottawa County early in the afternoon, with the largest one affecting about 90 customers along Leonard Road and 96th Avenue in Crockery and Polkton Townships.

Shortly after noon, a dead tree fell onto northbound U.S. 31 north of Ridge Street. A passer-by waved off motorists, and when police arrived, put a strap on the tree and used his truck to pull it off the road, according to Sgt. Jason Kik of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

A Ferrysburg Public Works crew quickly helped Kik clean sticks off the road, then went over to Hazel Street, where they used a chain saw to cut off another tree that had fallen partially into the road.

At the same time emergency crews responded to a tree on power lines in the area of 168th Avenue near Winans Street in Grand Haven Township.

Winds were blowing in the 25-27 mph range, with gusts expected up to 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The wind speed was expected to gradually reduce while temperatures increased slightly in the afternoon.

Thunderstorms are predicted overnight with the possibility of hail and winds still gusting up to 40 mph.

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