The storm cut though the area about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. A tornado warning was issued for Kent County at one point.
Grand Rapids firefighters reported that significant damage occurred in the Belknap area, south of Fairbanks Street NE. They responded to a possible technical rescue on Fairview Avenue NE after a tree fell on a house there.
Witnesses also reported that partial roofs were torn off one or more houses. Firefighters were dealing with live downed wires in some areas.
Consumers Energy reported about 20,000 customers without electricity in Kent County at about 8:50 p..m. Wednesday.
In the Ada area, firefighters reported they were having trouble reaching a house on Dogwood Avenue NE where a tree fell on a house. Firefighters said Conservation Street NE was blocked by downed trees.
Kent County Emergency Management supervisors said the extent of damage across the county was not immediately known. They advised people with non-emergency storm damage and who need assistance to call United Way 211 to be connected with resources.
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