Trees down, power outages as tail end of Cristobal moves through

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As the remnants of Cristobal moved in Tuesday, the storm brought down some trees, including one onto a house in Hopkins, and left behind power outages around West Michigan.

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The main storm threat for West Michigan was high winds and the possibility of an isolated tornado, Storm Team 8 says. There were gusts in excess of 60 mph in Ottawa County, higher than 45 mph in Kalamazoo and around 40 mph in Battle Creek and Muskegon.

A wind advisory remains in effect for several lakeshore counties from Ottawa north until 8 a.m. for the possibility of wind gusts between 45 mph and 60 mph. A beach hazard statement is in effect through Thursday.

Consumer Energy’s interactive outage map shows thousands without power in southwest Michigan and more than 32,000 without service statewide.

Outages by county as of about 10:30 a.m.:

  • Allegan County: 1,276
  • Barry County: 327
  • Branch County: 599
  • Calhoun County: 300
  • Kalamazoo County: 5,970
  • Kent County: 229
  • Montcalm County: 221
  • Muskegon County: 2,996
  • Newaygo County: 332
  • Ottawa County: 2,254
  • St. Joseph County: 1,083
  • Van Buren County: 1,496

On Main Street in Hopkins, a large tree fell atop Village President Terry Weick’s house, sending at least one rafter plunging through a wall and leading to water damage. No one was hurt.

“The wind was blowing like I’ve never seen it before,” Weick said.

He said he was on his porch to bring his hanging plants inside when the tree out front snapped and fell above him.

“The tree lifted up, it twisted and came at me so quick,” he recalled. “I was more in shock than I was anything else.”

The tree didn’t crash through the porch ceiling, so Weick wasn’t hurt, but it did smash through the roof of the house.

It damaged the bedroom where his son was sleeping.

“The limb literally was just a few feet from his bed,” Weick said, crediting a “higher power” for keeping anyone from getting hurt.

While wind was one factor, rotting inside the tree also appeared to have contributed to its collapse.

Images sent to News 8 show several snapped utility poles along Riley Street between 80th Avenue and Fairview Street on the north side of Zeeland.

Ottawa County Central Dispatch said Lake Michigan Drive was shut down between 104th and 112th avenues in Robinson Township because of downed power lines.

News 8 also received video of a tree down over I-94 near mile marker 70, west of Kalamazoo, plus photos of broken utility poles in the Kalamazoo area and trees down near Allegan.

West Michigan will again see strong showers and storms Wednesday afternoon, with the threat of damaging winds, hail and the possibility of a tornado. Stay with Storm Team 8 as we track conditions.

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