Downed trees, sparking transformers after storm

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Tornado sirens went off in metro Grand Rapids Wednesday evening as a strong storm rushed through the area, leaving downed power lines, trees and damage in its wake — but no reported injuries.

In Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood across I-196 from the Medical Mile, part of the roof was stripped away from an apartment building on Fairview Avenue NE at Hastings Street. Across the street, two houses also had their roofs destroyed.

Grand Rapids firefighters said everyone was safely out of the houses and they were double-checking the apartment building to make sure it was empty.

A carport collapsed on top of a car. Pieces of roof, insulation, duct work, tree branches and wires were scattered everywhere.

There was a gas leak in the area, but crews said lines had been turned off and so had electricity. Trees were uprooted and branches were shaved away.

Consumers Energy said that it couldn’t start working to restore power in Belknap Lookout until after damage assessors were out Thursday morning.

Read more at 24 hour news 8

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