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Storms wallop Mason County

August 29, 2018

First responders, local fire and police departments and power companies were busy Tuesday night responding to various calls across Mason County following a severe thunderstorm.

Trees and power lines were knocked down from the City of Ludington to Riverton, Custer, Hamlin and Branch townships.

A wind gust of 51 mph was reported at the Mason County Airport at 7:15 p.m.

Big Point Sable weather station recorded a wind gust of 43 mph at 7:10 p.m. with shifting winds from the south, southwest to northwest at the time of the gust in the span of roughly 30 minutes.

Downed power line and trees littered many areas of the county especially around the Piney Ridge Road, Lakeshore Drive and the Ludington State Park area. Power is not expected to be restored in those areas until mid-afternoon today.

More that 3,000 people were reported to be without power in Mason County late Tuesday, according to Consumers Powers’ website.

More than 14,500 Great Lakes Energy members were without power after strong, storms moved throughout western Michigan since Tuesday, according to a press release at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Crews worked throughout Tuesday to restore power and were called in for the night. They will begin restoration efforts again at 7 a.m. today.

According to the release, crews will be able to better assess damage caused by the high winds in the daylight and begin restoration efforts. The safety of their employees and the public is their top priority, Great Lakes Energy stated.

See Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News print of e-Edition

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