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Kalamazoo, Van Buren and Allegan Counties hit hardest by overnight storms

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UNDATED (WKZO) -- Severe storms have moved through the area causing power outages in Southwest Michigan.

92% (7,500 homes and businesses) of those serviced by the Utility in Van Buren County lost power overnight.

8,500 in Kalamazoo County, 9,500 in Allegan County, and 2,900 in Barry County also lost power in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Consumer’s Energy spokesman Dan Bishop says they have had a crews out assessing the damage, but for safety reasons they waited to send repair crews until sunrise.

There are reports of down limbs scattered throughout the region and motorists are encouraged to be aware of the hazardous conditions.

Last night’s storm generated a 60MPH wind burst in Kalamazoo and 3.5 inches of rainfall was recorded at Middleville in Barry County.

The winds were so strong a barn near Richland has reportedly been destroyed with the debris scattered in a nearby field.

A tree has reportedly fallen at Woodward Elementary in Kalamazoo causing damage. So far there are no reports of injuries. 

 

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