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Storms damage Muskegon County school, uproots trees, leaves thousands without power


A line of powerful thunderstorms knocked out power to thousands of homes as students in a Muskegon County elementary school took cover.

The ground shaking thunder could be heard up and down the lakeshore Tuesday afternoon, as severe thunderstorms ripped through Muskegon County, with 50 MPH winds uprooting large trees and knocking out the power of 4200 homes according to Consumers Energy. 

Meanwhile the national weather service issued a warning to people’s cell phones that baseball sized hail had been reported, while the heavy thunderstorms damaged Cardinal Elementary on Marquette Avenue, while  students, teachers and staff in the building took shelter. According to the district, the damage caused flooding in the school, however, thankfully, no one was hurt.

In the city of Grand Rapids, more damage, as The National Lightning Detection Network reported a 31,000 Amp to cloud to ground strike within 200 feet of the National Weather Service Grand Rapids Doopler radar, which scrambled the transmission and knocked it offline.