Storms knock out power; take out trees

12:36 PM, Jul 11, 2011   |    comments
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Video: Viewer Video: Storm Rolling in Grand Rapids

  • Dorr - picture from Theresa Graham Dobry
  • Sparta - photo from Corey Armstrong
  • Four Mile and Fruitridge - photo from Tricia Crow
  • Photo from Cathy Colon in Muskegon

(WZZM) - Heavy thunderstorms are causing problems around West Michigan this morning.

Round 2 of the storms began around 10:30am.  Several reports of trees and power lines down throughout southern parts of Kent County, Ottawa County and  Allegan County.  There are also reports of localized flooding in the Holland area and trees down in Dorr area.

Much of downtown Holland is without power as eight power poles were knocked down.  Huge trees on the campus of Hope College also came down.

One fatality has been reported in Cutlerville.

Earlier storms caused US - 31 to be closed just south of the Whitehall Colby Road exit where wires came down, including on top of one car.  That highway reopened at about 10:15am.  There are numerous reports of trees down in the Whitehall area.

There are also power outages reported all through Muskegon County.  Consumers Energy says that over 25,000 customers around the area are without power. Dozens are traffic signals all around West Michigan are out, so traffic is proceeding slowly.

Power lines down are reported in Kent City as well.  Power at WZZM went out for a couple of minutes as well.  Corey Armstrong sent pictures a tree in Sparta hit by lightning.

The attached video is from Victor Oliverieri in Norton Shores and Tom Thomspon in Grand Rapids.

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