LIVE BLOG: Strong Storms Move Through West Michigan
From FOX 17′s Leigh Ann Towne on Jericho Road in Rockford: “Trees
toppled like toothpicks in #KentCounty. Days of clean up ahead.”
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From Kathy Bremmer: Storm damage in Cedar Springs. The roof was taken off Len Allington’s building at the corner of Main and Maple St. And a large pine tree was uprooted in the cemetery, taking the electrical lines and cemetery sign with it. The last photo is showing the size of the hail, a quarter in this case.
Mecosta County news release:
PUBLIC ADVISORY RELEASE
RELEASE NUMBER 04-01
13, 2014/11:30 AM
Power Lines Down/Flood Warning/Damage Reporting
- Power line warning: Numerous
power lines are down in Mecosta County. The Mecosta County Road Commission
has reported 5 road closures due to lines across roads or washouts,
additional closures are likely. Please observe road closures and find
alternate routes. Any intersection with a non-functioning traffic control
device should be treated as a four way stop.
Warning: The National Weather Service has issued, until 10:00 PM today, a
flood warning for Mecosta County. Please remember: Do not drive
your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water
depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely due to unseen
washouts. Vehicles caught in rising water should be abandoned quickly. Immediately
move to higher ground.
While evacuations are
considered unlikely, additional rain is forecast and residents living near
rivers or streams should monitor the water levels and seek higher ground if
Flooding that is
threatening buildings or roads may be reported to the Meceola Central Dispatch
by dialing 911.
Reporting: Damage to buildings damage may be reported to Mecosta County
Damage Assessment at 231-592-0108.
From FOX 17’s Leigh Ann Towne on Jericho Road in Rockford: “Trees toppled like toothpicks in #KentCounty. Days of clean up ahead.”
From FOX 17’s Leigh Ann Towne on Jericho Road in Rockford, “Trees toppled like toothpicks in #KentCounty. Days of clean up ahead.”
Rogue River to rise above Flood Stage: http://fox17online.com/2014/04/13/severe-threat-dimishes-flood-threat-increases/#axzz2ykeoAMDp
From Great Lakes Energy…
April 13, 2014
Crews continue to restore power to nearly 5,400 members
Nearly 5,400 Great Lakes Energy members remain without power Sunday morning following a line of severe thunderstorms that moved across the state Saturday afternoon. Power has been restored to an estimated 3,600 GLE members so far since the storm arrived.
Outages are reported in parts of Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Otsego counties.
The fast-moving storms with lightning and damaging winds that toppled trees into power lines affected a total of nearly 9,000 GLE members in the cooperative’s central and southern counties.
Crews will continue work today to restore power to as many GLE members as possible.
Current outage information by counties and townships that is updated every 15 minutes can be viewed on the Great Lakes Energy website, http://www.gtlakes.com, by clicking on Storm Central.
GLE members are reminded to stay away from downed power lines for their safety and protection.
GLE members should report their outage by calling the electric cooperative’s automated, toll-free outage number: 1-800-678-0411.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
STORM REPORT: Vestaburg reporting rainfall of 2.5 inches.
Textbook straight line wind damage in Rockford
From Jim in Twin Lake…
“Saturday afternoon 4:01, the tree was split and fell on our home. One of the branches came into the bedroom. The crash knocked light bulbs out of a fixture above our dining table where we had recently gotten up from having a first birthday party for our great grand daughter. Several holes in the roof are now covered with tarps waiting for repairs.”
From the Muskegon Heights Fire Department:
Various crews continue to work clearing debris and restoring
power in Muskegon Heights and surrounding communities. Due to the amount
of damage some will be without power for another 1 to 3 days.
Please stay at least 30 feet from any down power line. Even if you
believe the line is not energized and never touch a down power line.
Muskegon Heights Fire Department
2715 Baker St
Muskegon Heights, MI 49444
From Meteorologist Kelly Smith: Heavy rain in the last 24-hours will pose a flooding threat as we head into next week. The Rogue River in Rockford is forecast to crest a foot above flood stage nearing levels of last years April flood.
STORM REPORT: Newaygo reporting rainfall of 2.63″ in the last 24-hours
FROM CONSUMERS ENERGY:
Consumers Energy Crews
Responding to Multiple Waves of Damaging Thunderstorms Across Michigan
JACKSON, Mich., April, 13, 2014 –
Several waves of thunderstorms starting Saturday afternoon crossing Michigan
have caused interruptions in service to more than 106,000. Currently
about 95,000 are experiencing an interruption in service.
“We are anticipating more
damaging storm activity today and are asking everyone to be vigilant about staying away from and
reporting down wires,” said Mary Palkovich, the utility’s vice president of
energy delivery. “Consumers Energy will work around the clock to get everyone’s
lights back as safely and as soon as possible.”
Consumers Energy crews and contract crews worked through the night
to make damaged areas safe, perform restoration work and mobilize to areas
hardest hit by the storm.
As of 6:30 a.m., areas most affected by electric interruptions
were: Bay (915); Clare (500); Clinton (350); Genesee (8,185); Gratiot (1,095); Ionia
(4,820); Isabella (2,170); Kent (13,900); Mason (1,000); Mecosta (12,930); Midland
(675); Missaukee (2,500); Montcalm (7,500); Muskegon (26,750); Newaygo (1,960);
Oakland (920); Oceana (2,380); Osceola (1,350); Ottawa (580) and Shiawassee (6,820).
Consumers Energy is estimating
that a majority of these affected customers will have energy service restored
by late Monday night. This information is also being shared on Consumers
Energy’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ConsumersEnergyMichigan.
Consumers Energy is estimating that a majority of these affected
customers will have energy service restored by Tuesday
night. Residents are encouraged to check regularly
for updated restoration information at the online outage map at http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. That information is also being shared on Consumers Energy’s
Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ConsumersEnergyMichigan.
Additional storm and power outage information is available at
Consumers Energy’s online outage center, http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outage. Outages can also be reported and restoration information
obtained via Consumers Energy’s online outage map, at http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. The online outage map may be accessed by both computers and
mobile devices. Customers are encouraged to check the outage map regularly as
estimated power restoration times are always being updated with the latest
Customers who call Consumers Energy to report a power outage are
encouraged to use the utility’s automated reporting option, available at
1-800-477-5050. The service provides restoration information for each
substation and circuit, and can be used to report an outage.
Consumers Energy cautions residents to stay at least 25 feet away
from any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 9-1-1 or
Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.
The utility also reminds customers to be alert to utility crews
working along roads and urges drivers to take extra precautions in those
situations. In particular, drivers should slow down or stop and wait for
oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past utility workers and
equipment on roadsides.
If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure
that it is properly connected and, for the safety of our line workers, make
certain it is isolated from the utility’s electric distribution system. Never
use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and
never fuel a generator when it is running.
In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to
a customer’s home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Utility crews
will reconnect the wires to a home, but only a licensed electrician can repair
or replace a mast or a cable.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal
subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to
6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula
information about Consumers Energy, go to
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STORM REPORT: 2.82 inches of rain was measured in the last 24-hours in Hesperia. 1.11 inches since midnight and more is on the way this evening.
Here is the Consumers Energy Outage map… http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap
From Meteorologist Kelly Smith: Heaviest rain is moving out of West Michigan. Heavy rains return later tonight with an additional 1 to 2 inches possible.
FOX17’s Leigh Ann Towne is live in Rockford. Here is the back edge of storms moving east
FOX 17’s Leigh Ann Towne reporting in Rockford…
Here’s a look at the Consumers Energy power outage map… http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap
Pea-size hail coming down in northeast Grand Rapids right now.
Hail in Greenville…
— Nicole Woodard (@Spursandsasspho) April 13, 2014
We dont have any power still!!! Crazy been out since yesterday smh the only disadvantage of living in a small and poor city. #Muskegon
— Built2WinOct10 (@ladysmiles10) April 13, 2014
— Jared Alderink ☀️ (@Californ_ia) April 13, 2014
— Stephen Kloosterman (@Kluest) April 13, 2014
— Luke Sass (@thirdcoastsass) April 12, 2014
— Luke Sass (@thirdcoastsass) April 12, 2014
One Hail of a Storm in Cedar Springs…
Traffic signals out across West Michigan…
Storms continue in the north, but another round is expected later on this morning. We will live track the storms and bring you a flooding update starting at 5 AM
FOX 17’s Troy Campbell reports from Fruitport Township…
MUST SEE video out of Cedar Springs…
Video from north Muskegon…
VIDEO OF HAIL FALLING AT MUSKEGON MARINA…
From Mecosta County…
Severe storm damage has occurred
in the City of Big Rapids. City services advising all people stay inside
and do not venture out.
Severe storm damage has occurred in the City of Big Rapids.
City services advising all people stay inside and do not venture out.
Stay Inside do not venture outdoors
The Muskegon Fire Department is asking residents to stay in their homes because of all of the downed power lines in the area.
From Muskegon Heights Fire Department:
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Advisory: Hazardous Conditions
Due to severe weather there are multiple reports of trees and power lines down in the area Muskegon Heights.Use caution, stay off roads if possible. For outage information please visit the consumers energy website. http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap#
For full details, view this message on the web.
Storm damage in Rockford
FOX 17’s Troy Campbell reports from Kent City…
From Sherri at 10 Mile and Nugent in Rockford area…
“My parents whole sun room roof was torn off, flew over the house and ended up a twisted mess in the front yard. Lots of damage, everyone safe! They were just out there watching the storm come in and came in for safety just seconds before this damage was done!”
From San… “Watched a couple of these trees across the street fall over. Went outside to take a picture of the creepy light/dark sky and saw where tree fell at neighbor’s, siding ripped over another neighbor’s shed, and tree uprooted at next door neighbor’s house. Was a scary couple seconds! This was in the Norton Avenue/Lincoln Street/Leif Street area.”
Hail from Dawn in Belding:
Earlier in Coopersvillehttp://tribwxmi.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/coopersville.jpg?w=640
From Meteorologist Kelly Smith: Newaygo County Emergency Manager is reporting a plane flipped over at the Grant Airport. Metal hangar also damaged.
All storm warnings have been dropped for West Michigan
From FOX 17’s Troy Campbell in Carson City…
FROM MDOT: Total closure: M-37, Newaygo County
M-37 is closed south of 120th Street in Grant due to downed power lines.
FROM METEOROLOGIST KEVIN CRAIG: Severe storms over Montcalm/Ionia Counties exiting the area within 20 minutes. PRIMARY THREAT is damaging winds
From Meteorologist Kelly Smith: Multiple reports of large uprooted trees in Muskegon County.
POWER OUTAGES ACROSS NORTHERN PORTION OF FOX 17 VIEWING AREA. http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap
From Meteorologist Kelly Smith: 52 MPH wind gust reported in Kent City
Green Acres Estates in Kent City, MI
FROM: Carroll Matulis
Several homes danaged in Cedarfield Community, in Cedar Springs.
This was hail damage to siding.
80 mph winds reported by the Sparta Police Department.
On Laketon in Muskegon
70 mph winds being reported in Ravenna.
Quarter size hail being in northern Ionia county.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI 532 PM EDT SAT APR 12 2014 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... NORTHERN IONIA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN... NORTHERN KENT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN... MONTCALM COUNTY IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN... * UNTIL 630 PM EDT * AT 528 PM EDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM CEDAR SPRINGS TO JUST WEST OF ROCKFORD...AND MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH. ROOFS HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM STRUCTURES IN KENT CITY. THESE ARE VERY DANGEROUS STORMS. HAZARD...85 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...LAW ENFORCEMENT. IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... HOWARD CITY... GREENVILLE... EDMORE... STANTON... SPARTA... CEDAR SPRINGS... ROCKFORD... BELDING... FERRIS TWP... LANGSTON... CEDAR LAKE... VICKERYVILLE... BUTTERNUT... FENWICK... TURK LAKE... SIDNEY... CORAL... AMBLE... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THESE STORMS ARE PRODUCING WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE ACROSS KENT CITY AND SPARTA. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. && LAT...LON 4299 8485 4299 8532 4299 8578 4329 8579 4329 8557 4347 8556 4346 8484 TIME...MOT...LOC 2131Z 275DEG 51KT 4327 8548 4312 8557 TORNADO...POSSIBLE HAIL...1.00IN WIND...85MPH $$ TJT