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Second wave of stormy weather knocks down trees and leaves thousands in the dark


KALAMAZOO/BATTLE CREEK  (WKZO)-- Winds and rain briefly blew through West Michigan last evening  causing power outages to about 15-hundred homes, knocking down tree limbs and dropping one tree on a house.

 It was just the warm up for a much more powerful front that blew in early this morning with winds of up to 75-mph recorded in the Vicksburg and Schoolcraft area and parts of Eastern Calhoun county where powerful winds knocked down trees.

A steady stream of lightning and thunder gave the area an early and natural pre-Fourth of July fireworks show. 

Police agencies in southern Portage, Vicksburg and Schoolcraft were warning people early this morning that travel was not advised because there were a number of trees and wires in roadways.

It left 6,500 in the dark in Kalamazoo County, and over 22-thousand in Calhoun County. 

There are over 42-hundred without power in St. Joseph County.  Those figures do not includ the outages suffered by independent power cooperatives that also serve parts of the affected area. 

There were about a thousand homes in Barry County at the peak and one to two hundred homes each in Van Buren,  and Allegan Counties after the storms came through.

There have been no reports of any injuries so far. 

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, the forecasters are saying we should have great weather through the holiday weekend.

They will need it in Battle Creek to make it possible for their hot air Balloons to fly.