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Beach Advisories Issued for the Weekend

Beachgoers this weekend beware. Wind and waves are expected to pick up starting Friday night, and will cause beach hazards along Lake Michigan for the holiday weekend.

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Downtown Grand Rapids Gets Crazy Downpour – Storm Drains Can’t Even Handle It [Video]

After the downpour we received earlier today in Downtown Grand Rapids, I popped outside quickly (thankfully, since it started raining again after I came back in) to see what kind of damage it caused. 

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Consumers Energy is increasing its tree-trimming efforts this year. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
Consumers Energy is increasing its tree-trimming efforts this year. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
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Consumers Energy Increases Tree Trimming for Safer, More Reliable Electricity [Video]

Consumers Energy is increasing tree-trimming efforts across Michigan this year in an ongoing effort to make delivering electricity safer and more reliable.

“Our work to keep electric lines clear is a vital part of our promise to deliver the energy you need, whenever you need it," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy delivery.

"Fallen limbs or trees can cut power to hundreds or thousands of people at a time, and that’s why you see crews at work throughout the year in all conditions."

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New Footage of Wyoming-Kentwood Tornado Out [Video]

A couple of videos making the rounds in the wake of Sunday night's tornado in the southwest section of Kent County shed new light on the storm, which caught everyone, including the National Weather Service, by surprise.

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National Weather Service Grand Rapids: EF-1 Tornado Struck Kentwood

That wind and rain buried in a thunderstorm Sunday night that struck Kentwood just before 10:30 p.m. included a tornado, National Weather Service Grand Rapids meteorologist Brandon Hoving said.

Update (3 p.m.): The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF-1, with peak winds of 100 to 110 miles per hour. The tornado, which injured six people, cut a swath of 300 to 400 yards wide near Cutlerville, Wyoming and Kentwood and lasted for about 10 minutes. It touched down at 10:20 p.m. at about 2 miles west of Cutlerville at 64th Street SW and Burlingame Avenue SW in Byron Township and ended at 10:30 p.m. at Breton Road and 28th Street SE.

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Thunderstorms Slam Kentwood-Wyoming Area; Rains Deluge West Michigan Locales [Video]

Update (12:35 p.m.): The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has confirmed a tornado struck Kentwood. More details here.

Severe thunderstorms late Sunday night caused considerable damage in southern Kent County and authorities are advising people to stay away from storm-stricken locales, WZZM-13 and the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office report this morning.

The storms hit the Wyoming and Kentwood area late Sunday night and the National Weather Service is surveying areas to determine if damage was caused by a tornado, a microburst or straight-line winds.

Consumers Energy said this morning that about 20,000 electricity cutomers lost power, with about 9,600 of those in Kent County, including Wyoming and Kentwood. The Jackson-based utility said it could be until late Tuesday before power is fully restored.

The American Red Cross of West Michigan has opened a temporary Kentwood shelter at Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE for affected people.

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Monday Morning – Or, Why I Should Have Stayed In Bed

The past few days have been interesting ones around the Money Pit (what my boyfriend and I, and our friends, call our house). It all started on Wednesday with "the skunk incident", and has just kind of spiraled downhill since.

The skunks are still an issue, we can't seem to get rid of them. We put up additional fencing, hoping that would do the trick. Nope. Every time we go into the backyard, there's at least one baby skunk hanging out in the yard. And then, this morning, I went to let the dog out and saw THIS on our deck.

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The Reason You Don’t Seek Shelter Under A Tree During A Storm [Video]

This is why the weatherman says stay away from trees during a lightning storm.

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Grand Rapids National Weather Service: Torrential Downpours and Isolated Severe Storms Today

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office reports:
Potential for torrential downpours and isolated severe storms this afternoon and evening."

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It’s Going To Hit 80 This Week!

Hope you're caught up on your Netflix shows because we're FINALLY going to see spring weather!

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A crew works to restore electricity in northern Kent County in the aftermath of rainstorms since Saturday night. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
A crew works to restore electricity in northern Kent County in the aftermath of rainstorms since Saturday night. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
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WZZM-13: Evacuation Notice Issued Along Muskegon River in Newaygo County

 

Newaygo County Emergency Services is advising that people living along the Muskegon River, downstream of Croton, should prepare to evacuate immediately, WZZM-13 reports.

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Getty Images/ D. Sharon Pruitt Pink Sherbet Photography
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Have You Ever Seen This Much Hail Fall? [Video]

This happened in Cedar Springs yesterday afternoon during the storms. Have you ever seen it fall like this?

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