High Wind Warning Issued For Most Of West Michigan
The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a High Wind Warning in effect until 6:00 Friday evening. This warning has replaced a Wind Advisory that was in effect for some areas in West Michigan. Included in the High Wind Warning are Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Eaton, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Montcalm and Van Buren counties. Berrien, Branch, Cass and St. Joseph Counties remain under a Wind Advisory, also in effect until 6:00 this evening.
A light pole was knocked over by the wind on Beckley Road late this morning. We have received reports of some trees down blocking a couple of roadways in Kalamazoo County. One was at 6th Street and O Avenue in Texas Township and the other on Barney Road, northwest of Kalamazoo.
Several thousand are without power in the East Leroy, Burlington Township and Fredonia Township areas south of Battle Creek in Calhoun County. Several hundred Consumer's Energy customers in Kalamazoo County's Alamo Township have also lost power. There are other scattered outages across the region. Several thousand in the Grand Rapids metro area and parts of Ionia County as well. More widespread power outages are likely.
Sustained winds at 40 to 45 mph are forecast with occasional damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph. Winds at this speed are basically the same as you would get with a tropical storm and could cause additional widespread power outages, downed trees and power lines. Stay with us on-air and online for the latest on power restoration efforts and any damage reports we receive.