Lights Flicker as 'Destructive Storms' Move Across Western Michigan

A series of “destructive storms” that moved across western Michigan cut electricity to thousands of people on Wednesday, September 11, power supplier Consumers Energy said.

Consumers Energy said more than 56,000 customers lost power because of the storm.

More than 22,000 customers were still without power as of Thursday afternoon, with most outages concentrated in the Grand Rapids area, according to a Consumers Energy outage map.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the line of storms affected Grand Rapids, Lowell, Lake Odessa, and nearby areas.

“Strong winds” tore the roof off an apartment building in northeast Grand Rapids, forcing the building to be evacuated, local media reported. Citing officials, local media said there were no injuries.

This video shows lights in a Lowell parking lot flickering on Wednesday night. Joel Fritsma, who filmed the video, said he saw multiple tree limbs down and flooding in the area. Credit: Joel Fritsma via Storyful