Severe thunderstorms packing high winds move across Michigan

Posted at 9:49 AM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 09:49:48-04

Severe thunderstorms packing high winds knocked down trees and power lines in western Michigan, prompting some school closings.

Winds gusting above 60 mph were reported along Lake Michigan early Thursday in the Ludington area, where power was knocked out to hundreds of customers in several communities. The Ludington Daily News reports the Ludington Area School District and some other districts canceled classes for the day.

The damage came as severe thunderstorms moved across the state. Forecasters say additional storms in the afternoon could cause additional problems.

Heavy rains that started Wednesday prompted flood advisories along some rivers, including the Grand River and the Muskegon River.