Thousands without power after storms hit West Michigan

A picture of lightning at Vestaburg in Montcalm County. (Courtesy of DeHate Burggren Marlena)
A picture of lightning at Vestaburg in Montcalm County. (Courtesy of DeHate Burggren Marlena)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of homes and businesses are still without power after thunderstorms rolled through the area Friday night into early Saturday morning.

The number of Consumers Energy customers without power dropped from 33,836 at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to 11,313 outages around 4:30 p.m.

According to Consumers Energy’s outage map, the following West Michigan counties had at least 100 outages as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday:

  • Allegan County: 811 customers
  • Ionia County: 999 customers
  • Kent County: 7,233 customers
  • Montcalm County: 741 customers
  • Ottawa County: 137 customers
  • Van Buren County: 102 customers

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The severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for our area have since expired. However, a new hazard has emerged: dangerous conditions on the lakeshore.

Authorities shut down Grand Haven’s south pier Saturday after two teens were swept into Lake Michigan. Bystanders pulled them to safety.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids recommends beach goers stay out of Lake Michigan Saturday.