The National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids issued a high wind warning for much of southwestern MI, including Calhoun County. Consumers Energy has 162,311 customers without power in the state, and DTE Energy has over 250,000 customers with no power. If you see power lines down, treat them as if they are live wires.
Winds of 63 miles per hour were clocked in Grand Rapids just after noon on Wednesday.
You should stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines and be alert to crews working along roads.
Branches are being cut from a tall tree that had fallen on a power line at Fourth and MI streets late Tuesday morning following heavy winds that hit the region. Click the links to the right of this story for local utility outage centers. The area is expected to have sustained winds between 30 and 40 m.p.h and gusts to 60 m.p.h. or greater.
The wind is expected to die down shortly after sunset and become nearly calm overnight.
Limbs and branches will come down, with some trees likely being blown over.
Thousands north and south of M-46 between Hemlock and Alma are without power, according to the outage map.
Officials added there was a brush fire in Big Beaver that spread because of high winds.