Strong winds fuel high waves, outages in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of homes and businesses in West Michigan were without power Sunday as strong winds swept through the area, bringing some snow with them.

Power was restored Sunday evening for most of those impacted. As of 8:30 p.m., 20,654 were without power statewide. In West Michigan, Ottawa and Van Buren were the only counties with more than 100 outages. Ottawa County had 190 and Van Buren County had 104.

The National Weather Service said the highest recorded wind gusts in West Michigan were between 49 and 60 mph. Gale force winds allowed waves to build from 10 to 15 feet on Lake Michigan. Shoreline flooding and more lakeshore erosion is possible.

On land, the NWS says falling trees and branches are hazards. Halloween decorations that are not tied down could also blow away.

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