Severe storm knocks out power, floods parts of county

City of Manistee public works crew members responded to a clogged storm drain along U.S. 31 on Sunday afternoon as a result of heavy rain.

City of Manistee public works crew members responded to a clogged storm drain along U.S. 31 on Sunday afternoon as a result of heavy rain.

MANISTEE COUNTY — Manistee County saw several power outages and floods as a result of Sunday’s thunderstorm.

Crews responded to numerous reports of downed power lines throughout the county, some on fire, and a transformer fire at Martin Marietta Materials at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday.

In the City of Manistee, a downed power line was reported at 3 p.m. on Washington Street. Manistee publics works crews spent much of the afternoon removing leaves from clogged storm drains as a result of the heavy rain.

According to the National Weather Service, the county received between 2 and 3 inches of rain before 4:08 p.m. Another inch was estimated to fall before 6 p.m.

A high wind advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. today. NWS projected overnight wind gusts of up to 60 mph along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Approximately 1,300 Consumers Energy customers in Manistee Township and Eastlake lost power on Sunday afternoon. Most of the outages were fixed by 6 p.m. Additional outages were expected overnight and Monday morning.

As a result of the wind, NWS warns against tree damage and power outages.

A downed power line was reported at 3 p.m. on Washington Street in the City of Manistee.

A downed power line was reported at 3 p.m. on Washington Street in the City of Manistee.

Gale to storm force winds are expected to continue on the Lake Michigan shoreline today. Sharply colder air will result in accumulating lake effect snow today and tonight, the NWS projects.

For up-to-date power outage information, Consumers Energy asks customers to visit www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap. Weather projections are available at www.weather.gov.

 

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