Tree brought down by storms in Norton Shores. (Photo by WZZM 13's Laurie Fey)
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Overnight storms brought strong winds and lightning to West Michigan late Wednesday and early Thursday, causing thousands of homes and businesses to lose power.
A line of storms reached the Whitehall-Montague area around 11 p.m. Wednesday. There were numerous reports of power lines and trees down caused by winds that gusted more than 50 miles per hour.
By 11:30 p.m., the storms reached the Muskegon area, with firefighters responding to reports of wires down on roads and homes.
Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, the storm was causing issues in Kent County, with reports of lightning striking a Wyoming home and a tree that had caught fire in Plainfield Township.
As of 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Consumers Energy was reporting more than 11,000 customers without power. The Muskegon Heights-Norton Shores area had the largest concentration -- 5,587 customers affected.
An information page on the Consumers Energy website said crews were still trying to assess the extent of the outages and the estimated restoration times for impacted customers.