COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Scattered sections of Branch County were hit with high winds with heavy rains today as a rapidly moving severe weather system struck the county mid morning. Trees, limbs and wires were brought down with around six-thousand Consumers Energy Customers in the county losing power because of the storm, which included a tornado warning issued for Western Branch County and St. Joseph Counties at about 10:45 this morning.
Apparently, no funnel clouds were sighted with the warning based on radar indicating several squall lines capable of producing brief rain wrapped tornadoes.
Structure damage in the county included a roof caved in from a tree on a home on Union City Road north of Jonesville Road. And the Union City area was also it with high winds, and tree and power lines down.
The Bronson area was also slammed hard as the winds and rains moved in from the west. A big tree came down near U-S-12 and Bill’s Steakhouse. There was no word of injuries in the county, but at least one death was linked to the stormy weather in West Michigan. It happened when a 37-year old Kent County man was struck by a tree near Cutlerville.
Consumers Energy said at least 94-thousand customers in the state lost electrical service with the storms with Kent and Kalamazoo Counties hardest hit.
Another humid night is in store for Southwest Michigan with hot weather in the forecast again for Tuesday before some pleasant weather returns on Wednesday.