severe storms http://michiganradio.org en Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-creek-homeless-shelter-giving-thanks-communitys-response <p>The people who run a homeless shelter in Battle Creek are giving thanks for the way the community has responded to their need this Thanksgiving.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.thehavenbc.org">Haven of Rest</a> shelter was among the hundreds of thousands of utility customers that lost power for several days earlier this month, after a severe windstorm blew through the state.</p><p>Without electricity, days-worth of meat and produce spoiled in the shelter’s refrigerators.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15459 at http://michiganradio.org Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response Many Michiganders are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on http://michiganradio.org/post/many-michiganders-are-still-waiting-their-electricity-be-turned-back <p>Consumers Energy and DTE linemen return to work today hoping to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of Michigan utility customers left in the dark by Sunday’s windstorm.</p><p>At last report, DTE says it still has about 150,000 customers waiting to have their electricity turned back on.&nbsp; &nbsp;Consumers Energy has more than 170,000 of its customers waiting for their power to be restored.</p><p>Last night was not a good time to be without electricity. Temperatures around the state dipped below the freezing mark.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15337 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on 2 Michigan men killed in severe storm http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-men-killed-severe-storm <p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px;">DETROIT (AP) — At least two people have been killed in a severe storm that struck much of Michigan.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px;">Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand says Ryan Allan Rickman died when his vehicle was crushed by a fallen tree Sunday evening. Rand tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot he's not sure if the tree fell onto Rickman's vehicle or if the 21-year-old Leslie resident hit it.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px;">Meanwhile, the Shiawassee County sheriff's department says 59-year-old Philip Daniel Smith of Perry was found dead and entangled in high voltage power wires after going outside late Sunday to investigate a noise.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px;">In Detroit, Officer Dan Donakowski says a 14-year-old boy was critically injured after grabbing a downed power line while walking from a school Monday morning. A hospital spokeswoman says the boy was in critical condition.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:03:56 +0000 The Associated Press 15328 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Michigan men killed in severe storm Storms cut power to more than 450,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/storms-cut-power-more-450000-michigan <p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">Storms swept across Michigan yesterday. First there were tornado watches, then a tornado warning in Newaygo&nbsp;County. Once the watches ended, high winds swept across the state knocking over trees and powerlines.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">As of this morning, more than 450,000 homes and business are without power, according to the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">Wind gusts were measured at 70 mph in Battle Creek and 77 mph at a buoy in Lake Michigan near South Haven. The National Weather Service reports one person was injured Sunday afternoon in Clare County by a falling tree...</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">DTE Energy Co. reports 245,000 customers without power, including 70,000 each in Wayne and Oakland counties. CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit reports more than 213,900 customers without service.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">Go <a href="https://www.dteenergy.com/cso/publicReportTrouble/reportTrouble.do?customerType=residential">here</a>&nbsp;for more info on DTE power outages. And <a href="http://www.consumersenergy.com/apps/GenWindow/WinLink.asp?url=/ucescms/electricoutage.do?operation=load&amp;subOperation=preLoad">here</a> for more on Consumers Energy outages.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">Tornado watches expired without any confirmed as of Monday morning, but a possible brief tornado was reported in&nbsp;Newaygo&nbsp;County. The National Weather Service will be in Newaygo County today investigating.</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">Meteorologist Evan Webb in Grand Rapids says a crew will be in that area Monday. He says another will be looking at an area between Kalamazoo and Lansing where storm damage was reported. Heavy rains also flooded some roadways in the state.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">WWTV/WWUP-TV is reporting a <a href="http://www.9and10news.com/story/23995745/mackinac-bridge-on-partial-shutdown">partial shutdown of the Mackinac Bridge</a> this morning.</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:34:17 +0000 Mark Brush 15325 at http://michiganradio.org Storms cut power to more than 450,000 in Michigan Strong storms possible across south Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/strong-storms-possible-across-south-michigan <p>DETROIT (AP) - The <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/">National Weather Service</a> is forecasting a chance of strong thunderstorms starting Saturday night through Sunday in much of southern Michigan.<br /><br />The storms are expected to start in southwest Michigan on Saturday night. Damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and a chance of tornadoes are possible on Sunday afternoon and evening in southeast Michigan.<br /> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:20:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15317 at http://michiganradio.org Strong storms possible across south Michigan