Wind damage causing local businesses to close

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The roof was ripped off the Real Food Cafe located on Plainfield Avenue Wednesday, March 9. The neighboring Barber Shop's roof was also damaged by the wind storm.

These were only two of the many businesses impacted by the storms.

The Gerald R. Ford Airport recorded gusts up to 64 miles per hour, and at one point up to 290,000 people were without power.

Related: Thousands still without power in West Michigan

“We have been working through the night and making steady progress,” said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations. “The lighter winds make for improved working conditions for our crews. We appreciate their commitment to safety and our customers’ continued patience.”

Crews enlisted help from 130 workers coming in from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Many communities in the Greater Grand Rapids area can expect to have power by Thursday night or Friday morning, but outlying areas could wait until as late as Saturday, March 11.

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