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EGR firefighters: "Like a tornado hit"

9:16 AM, May 16, 2012   |    comments
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Power pole down on car, Elmwood Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids. (Photo by WZZM 13's Laurie Fey)

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters say "it looks like a tornado hit" after strong winds brought down trees and power lines in an East Grand Rapids neighborhood.

The damage came during a strong thunderstorm that passed through Kent County around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

At one point, more than 2,000 families lost power, according to Consumers Energy. As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, 400 families in four counties were still in the dark. Kent County had the most outages. Allegan, Ionia, and Ottawa Counties also reported outages.

At least two power poles fell along Elmwood Drive near Breton Avenue SE -- one into a car -- and several trees also fell down in yards in the area.

One tree toppled into a house. The owners took cover in the basement because they told us, they thought the storm was a tornado.  They said they didn't even hear the tree hit their house because the winds were so strong.

Firefighters believe straight-line winds caused the damage.

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