Thousands of people in Battle Creek lost power Monday night after a violent storm passed through southern Michigan.
The storm caused gusts of up to 66 mph, uprooting trees and destroying power lines at Battle Creek, according to the National Weather Service Grand Rapids Office.
Mary Zemke was gardening at her home on Birch Field Drive when two large tree branches fell in front of her home, causing damage and blocking the front door.
“I was picking up sticks, so I put them all away,” she said. I heard it, I knew it, both trees.”
As of 8pm Friday, Consumers Energy had reported 1,871 outages, affecting over 157,000 customers. That stop map showed a large number of customers in the Lakeview neighborhood of Battle Creek and the Wattles Park neighborhood of Emmett Township.
Through its Facebook page, the Battle Creek Fire Department urged people not to move around the city Monday night as fire and city crews worked to clear fallen trees and branches from roads.
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