Winds tear roofs off Grand Rapids apartment building, houses –

Winds tear roofs off Grand Rapids apartment building, houses -
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Firefighters evacuated a Northeast Grand Rapids apartment building after strong winds tore the roof off the structure and caused significant damage in the same neighborhood.

The storm cut through Kent County just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, toppling trees and downing power lines in its path.

Consumers Energy is working to restore power to the majority of customers by the end of the day today, with the hardest hit areas expected to be restored by Saturday.

One of the hardest-hit areas seemed to be the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, where winds caused significant damage to the apartment building and three houses on Fairview Avenue NE near Hastings Street.

It was pretty eye-opening, Grand Rapids Fire Capt. Kevin Carmel said after viewing the Belknap damage.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WILX) — Strong storms swept across Michigan on Wednesday, Sept. 11, causing major damage and knocking out power to thousands of people.

Carmel, who started with the fire department 24 years ago, called the damage a totally unique situation. Its not something Ive encountered previously in my career in Grand Rapids.

Emergency crews in Eaton County responded to reports of trees down and debris in the road on M-43 between M-66 and M-50.

Firefighters said they located and spoke with all tenants of the apartment building, as well as residents of the damaged houses, and found no injuries.

Firefighters went through each apartment to make sure everyone was out. In at least one case, they needed to force entry into a unit.

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.

Authorities are asking the public to stay out of the area because of downed power lines and other dangers. Firefighters planned to be in the neighborhood overnight to monitor the situation.

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.

The storm also caused damage in the Ada area, with firefighters indicating some roads were impassable because of downed trees. One of those areas was Conservation Street NE near Dogwood Avenue.

Firefighters in Grand Rapids are responding to a report of multiple trees down in the area of Fairview Avenue NE, south of Fairbanks Street, with at least one tree down on a house.

At midnight, Consumers Energy was reporting more than 31,000 customers in Kent County without electricity.

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