Storms Blow Through West Michigan, Damage Done – Mix 95.7FM – Todays Variety

Storms Blow Through West Michigan, Damage Done - Mix 95.7FM - Today\s Variety
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Firefighters and police are responding to numerous reports of trees and wires down, including a few reports of trees falling on houses, after strong storms came though the greater Grand Rapids area.

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.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch will continue for the following counties until 11 p.m.: Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa, and Van Buren.

Consumers Energy reported about 20,000 customers without electricity in Kent County at about 8:50 p..m. Wednesday.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As storms rushed across the state tonight, the National Weather Service issued Tornado Warnings for southeastern Kent County, southeastern Ionia County, as well as Eaton County.

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.

Fires are also being reported during this lightning-packed storm, including a roof fire in the 2600 block of Leonard Street near Marne, as well as one on Stonehedge Drive in Kentwood.

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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