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Updates: Severe storms topple trees, down power lines in west Michigan

Patrick Center

Severe weather has slammed parts of western and southwestern Michigan as storms moved northeast across the state. 

National Weather Service meteorologist T.J. Turnage says Saturday that officials have seen "indications of tornadoes on radar, and very good indications they have occurred and debris lifted up with them."

More information is expected from the service following a final review. Tornado and thunderstorm warnings were issued this afternoon.

Turnage said parts of Allegan and Kent counties, and the outskirts of Grand Rapids saw some of the worst weather.

There are multiple reports of property damage, flooded areas and downed trees and power lines across the metropolitan area.

Roger Morgenstern with Consumers Energy says more than 30,000 outages have been reported across the state as of Saturday night.

"The hardest hit area continues to be Kent County, where we have over 24,000 customers out," he says. "We have over 400 downed wires in Kent County alone."

Morgenstern says crews are working around the clock to secure downed lines and return power to affected areas. He says the utility expects all work to be completed by Monday or Tuesday.

The city of Wyoming says its public safety department has set up a command post with crews from fire, police and Consumers Energy assessing the damage.

The NWS says storms are expected into Saturday evening across parts of the central Lower Peninsula.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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