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Winds take down trees, knock out power lines across Grand Rapids

Hundreds left without power in the city Wednesday afternoon
Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 17:52:02-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Several trees were pulled from the ground by strong winds Wednesday on the west side of the city.

"There was so much noise outside with the rain and everything else, it pretty much sounded like armageddon," said Phil Karney who lives on 7th Street near Alpine Ave.

A massive hole was left in Karney's front yard where a tree stood just yesterday. Luckily he was uninjured in the quick storm.

“I was on my computer and suddenly that was the end of that,” he said. "Of course it flickered and there’s always the hope, but that was that."

Karney says his losses were limited to 4 gallons of milk that spoiled after his fridge lost power.

A few blocks over on 9th St near Jenette, Brian Clark's truck suffered a worse fate.

"I got a text message form one of the neighbors asking me who this green Ford was and then sent me a picture and I said, that's a Chevy and it's my truck."

It was Clark's work truck, but that didn't make it sting any less.

“I do all the wrenching on it so i'm the one with the blood, sweat, tears into this thing," Clark told FOX 17 Wednesday. “I'm just sick. We put a lot of love into this truck and it's just done.”

Neighbors in the area lost power for most of Wednesday. They were still waiting for it to be restored at 5:30 p.m..

You can always check the Consumers Energy outage map for current information.