Tuesday's storm left a huge mess behind

Posted at 7:47 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 07:47:29-04

After Tuesday's quick storm knocked down trees in his neighborhood, Danny Sands isn't taking any chances with the next one.

"We want it to go where we want it to go not where the wind wants to take it," said Sands. "That way we get the trees out of here and ain't gotta worry about it."

He's cutting down all the trees by his house, "we got lucky twice now. So we're not gonna take another chance," said Sanders.

But not every family was as lucky as Sanders'.

"All we saw at first it was just the down trees in the driveway and then once we got out," Kyle Woodard said. "We seen more trees and then we finally opened the garage door."

Once the storm cleared they noticed a tree fell on their garage connected to their Forest Avenue home.

Kyle Woodard and his parents' home weren't alone. Dozens of trees in Jackson fell on power lines leaving thousand of people without power, causing a busy day for Consumers Energy.

"It just kind of came out of nowhere. We had a lot of lighting and thunder and strong winds," said Consumers Energy Field Leader, Frank Maliszewski.

Tuesday night Consumers Energy says 2,600 homes across the state were without power with 1,800 of them in Jackson county.

Crews started working immediately after the storms cleared. 200 workers had been out working extra shifts to try and quickly restore power to the hundreds in the dark.

"There's just a lot of work," Maliszewski said. "We've got a lot of tree trimmers that are coming in to clean the area up. Our crews are following behind them trying to gain access to get poles."

While the tree trimmers are a day late for Kyle Woodard he's making the best of the situation.

"It'll just be a rebuild. Do the roof. It looks like all of the existing walls are gonna be fine," Woodard said.

Until then he's hoping to have the roof covered with tarp because of chances for more rain.