I-94 EB lanes shut down in Paw Paw due to crash   I-94  EB lanes near MM 58 are closed due to slide off traffic crashes including a Van Buren County Deputy. He sustained minor injuries after being trapped in his vehicle. Roads are extremely icy.

Crash near Decatur exit on I-94 involving deputy's cruiser  VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A second crash on I-94 involving a Van Buren County deputy is slowing traffic near the Decatur exit.



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The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids maintains WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES in Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Montcalm, Oceana, and Newaygo counties until 4 PM.  Ice covered roads due to freezing rain will make your morning commute treacherous.  Freezing rain, sleet, and even a little snow transition to all snow toward midday.

The National Weather Service in northern Indiana maintains FREEZING RAIN ADVISORIES until 7 AM in Berrien, Cass, and St. Joe counties while the Branch county ADVISORY lasts until 10 AM.   

Please be careful this morning!  It will take you longer to get where you're going.  Stay with wwmt.com for your weather today and always.  

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Storms leave damage across West Michigan

Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Severe thunderstorms tore through West Michigan Tuesday, toppling trees and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

Right now, Consumers Energy has about 3,000 customers without power in Van Buren County, with about 1,500 in Allegan County, and more than 600 in Calhoun County.

Indiana Michigan Power has about 1,300 in the dark in Van Buren County, and more than 500 in Berrien County.

A dispatch tower in Van Buren County, which used to stand about 100 feet tall, is now completely bent in half.

It's been a rough couple of hours for Paul Goril and his neighbors, as they pick up, and burn up all the tree limbs littering their yards.

Goril tells us his grandson Tyle was in the garage when the storm hit, hiding under the pool table. He told us what it sounded like.

"Sssshhhh, and then a bunch of crackles like trees falling down," he said.

Up the road, we found a power pole snapped in half, a camper with the big branch hanging out of its side, and a massive tree snapped in half. But nothing compares to what we discovered at the home of Andrew Fuentes.

His garage collapsed, and the deck hiding under this tree that uprooted...well it's pretty much a goner. Still, hes keeping a positive attitude.

"At least I'll have a lot of firewood to keep us warm in the winter," he said with a laugh.

For the folks in Grand Junction Tuesday, the storm certainly left a big impression behind.

They tell us they've never experienced anything quite like it.

The fire chief in Grand Junction tells Newschannel 3 that all the 9-1-1 calls in Columbia Township will be going through the Hartford tower until this one is fixed, hopefully within the week.

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