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High Winds Cause Power Outages, Close Schools Friday Morning

Posted at 9:06 AM, Nov 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-01 09:06:04-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Winds gusting between 40 and 50 miles per hour Friday morning knocked down some trees and power lines, creating electrical service disruptions that forced a handful of schools to close or delay in West Michigan.

Gull Lake Community Schools in Richland was one of the districts most affected, along with individual school buildings in a few other districts.

The winds picked up overnight behind a cold front associated with a strong fall low-pressure system that brought widespread and heavy rain to much of West Michigan for Halloween Thursday.

However, those winds were also starting to settle down already by mid-morning Friday.  A west to southwest breeze of ten to twenty miles per hour will linger into the afternoon.

A few scattered rain showers will likely redevelop as the day progresses, with a bit of a boost near Lake Michigan by the late afternoon and evening.

Some showers will linger into Saturday, with a cooler weekend ahead; check out the full forecast on the Weather page.