The storm cut through Kent County just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, toppling trees and downing power lines in its path.
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.
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.
At midnight, Consumers Energy was reporting more than 31,000 customers in Kent County without electricity.
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