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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