Storms plow through West Michigan

(WZZM) -- Several rounds of severe thunderstorms blew through West Michigan Wednesday morning and afternoon, packing a punch with high wind gusts, hail, and torrential rain.

13 On Target Chief Meteorologist George Lessens says one to four inches of rain fell in several waves of storms, the heaviest in the Muskegon/Norton Shores area. A record 3.93" fell at the Muskegon Airport, breaking the previous record of 1.29" in 1928.

Other than a few showers early Wednesday evening, the next round of storms holds off until Friday.

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In addition to torrential rain, Wednesday's thunderstorms also created large hail. Golf ball sized hail (1.75 inches) was reported just after 9 a.m. near Grandville as a severe thunderstorm moved through Ottawa and Kent counties.

Wednesday night, shortly before midnight, Consumers Energy reported fewer than 4,500 customers statewide were without power. Below are the outages in West Michigan, by county:

  • Kent County: 1,724
  • Ionia County: 723
  • Kalamazoo County: 10
  • Ottawa County: 78
  • Muskegon County: 6
  • Montcalm County: 68
  • Calhoun County: 569
  • Allegan County: 10

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