9&10 News and Weather Teams Recap Windy Thursday
Strong winds are still blustering across northern Michigan, causing damage in some spots and knocking out power for thousands of Consumer’s Energy customers.
The lakeshore took the brunt of the blowing.
Waves crashed against the breakwall in Ludington earlier Thursday, with seven to 12-foot waves reported.
Mason County didn’t see widespread power issues, but there was some damage. A strip mall on U.S.-10 was damaged in the windstorm, and crews are already working on taking down the rest of the damaged façade.
Winds were measured to gust up to 59 miles per hour Thursday in Ludington.
Over in Antrim County, strong winds cut power for about 60% of residents. Of the population of 24,000, more than 14,000 customers lost power.
Traffic lights are off throughout the county, and fallen trees, branches and debris have littered the roadway, creating a hazard for drivers.
The wind gusts can also be felt on the road, pushing and pulling cars.
The 86th District Court also lost power, and because of that, they did not hold any hearings Thursday. The road commission is working to clear the roads, but it still could take a while.
Several Munson Healthcare facilities have also been impacted by power outages.
In Traverse City, Foster Family Community Health is without power.
Munson Healthcare outpatient services, including lab services, are affected in Buckley, Empire, Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay.
OMH Medical Group’s clinic has been affected in Indian River, and the OMH Medical Group orthopedics and medcare is closed in Gaylord.
Patients should call ahead to make sure those locations are still providing services.
Patients with scheduled appointments are being contacted about making changes.