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  • Maria hammers Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico braced for Hurricane Maria this morning, as the storm made landfall around 6:00 AM near the city of Yabucoa. Maria had maximum sustained winds of around 155 mph when it first made landfall, which is near the top of Category 4 status. This is the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928, when a Category 5 hurricane occurred. Puerto Rico was also hit hard by Hurricane Irma two […]

  • Grand Haven city council approves deer cull

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Many people say there are too many deer in the city of Grand Haven, and city leaders say reports of property and vehicle damage back up that claim. Now, they’ve come up with a controversial plan to eliminate up to 25 deer in the city limits: They’re hiring sharpshooters from the USDA Wildlife Services. “We’ve received complaints, damage complaints — landscape and that sort of thing — and it went to our city council,” said Vester […]

  • Maria now a hurricane, Jose not going away

    MIAMI, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida recently upgraded Maria from a tropical storm to a hurricane during its late afternoon update. Also, Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for portions of the east coast of the U.S. because of Hurricane Jose. In addition, a third tropical system — Tropical Depression Lee — continues to churn the waters of the open Atlantic Ocean. Of these three tropical systems, Jose is the only immediate threat to the U.S. […]

  • Tropics producing more hurricanes this year

    MT PLEASANT, Mich. — Just days after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma is taking aim on the southeastern U.S. In addition, there are two more named storms in the Atlantic basin at this time: Jose and Katia. “So we’re, I think, about two storms above normal by this date in a typical season,” said Dr. John Allen, Assistant Professor of Meteorology at Central Michigan University. “And part of that is we’ve actually been extremely low […]

  • Six Lakes man recovering from West Nile virus

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Bob Tonning of Six Lakes doesn’t know where he contracted the West Nile virus, but he knows one thing for sure: He’ll always wear insect repellent while outside from now on. “Like I said, I never dreamed that this would happen to me,” Tonning said. “You know, and after I’ve seen the before pictures and after pictures of me, I thank God I’m alive.” Bob first started feeling noticeable symptoms on the night of Aug. 8. He got […]

  • Police camera technology takes a step in West Michigan

    BYRON CENTER, Mich. — The view out of a police cruiser just got a lot clearer thanks to a local company. Pro-Vision of Byron Center is introducing a new, four-camera video recording system that squad cars can use to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle. “What you have with camera technology is an unbiased story teller,” said Andrew Beach, Director of Sales and Service at Pro-Vision. “So you have the ability to tell the complete tale without skewing any […]

  • West Michigan companies sending supplies to Houston by truck

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich. — It’s more than 12 hundred miles from Coopersville to Houston, but the tragic flooding there is hitting close to home for Teresa Dekker, an employee at Luther Logistics and Advantage Fleet in Coopersville. “And I have a big heart. I like to do stuff for people,” said Dekker. “And I figured, ‘What can I do to help them out?'” She wanted to donate some clothing to flood victims in the Houston area, but didn’t know how she […]

  • Rescue efforts continue in and around Houston

    HOUSTON, Texas — Harvey, now a tropical storm, continues to dump rain on southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana Monday. More than 2,200 rescues have taken place in Houston so far, with 185 critical rescue requests pending as of Monday morning. Rescuers are so busy that in some cases they’re ferrying people to schools, parking lots, and other dry areas because they don’t have time to get them to one of the city’s shelters first. So far 300,000 power outages have […]

  • Local fraternity riding bikes across Michigan for USO

    ALLENDALE, Mich. — Fourteen fraternity brothers from Phi Gamma Delta will be riding their bicycles from Caseville to Allendale on Labor Day Weekend to raise money for the United Service Organization, or USO. The USO provides soldiers overseas ways to communicate with their families, listen to their favorite music, and even helps provide bedding for them during overnight layovers at airports. “We’re about halfway to our goal of $4,000,” said Cody Price, a GVSU senior who says this is his first […]