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Summer Storm Leaves Behind Heavy Debris

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) - High winds took a toll in Jackson and Hillsdale counties, where 20 percent of Consumers Energy customers lost power.

6 News Nick Perreault explains why some homeowners say the storm was bad, but it could've been much worse.

"I've been working for the department about 19 years now.”

"This one rates right up there, kind of like the winter storm this year, probably my worst.”

Road department crews like Larry Baum, got to work as early as 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to help Consumers Energy crews clean up what Mother Nature split in half or lifted up.

"Yesterday we were moving resources down into southern Michigan so that we would be ready to work on restoration,” said Terry Dedoes, Spokesman, Consumers Energy.

Consumers brought in an additional 60 crews to repair downed lines, like the ones along Clinton Road.

"We planted that when we first came here that was about 20 years ago.”

Now the roots are showing.

Heavy winds split a massive tree in half along Springport Road. Just a mile north, trees shut down another road.

Now pretty much anywhere between Jackson and Parma you're going to see damage, but this next house we think saw some extensive damage.

Bill Tyler's house, trees are uprooted and a tree fell on his house. There’s even damage to his car and the real question is what hasn't been damaged?

"I've always heard a tornado is like a train coming and I heard a train coming I swear,” said Bill Tyler, Parma resident.

At 2:13 a.m. Bill Tyler's clock went out. He quickly rushed his wife and kids to the basement. Hours later when he woke up he saw damage in the front and back of his home.

"Everybody's been stopping, looking, saying this has been the center of it, this seems to be the worst spot.”

His son's car did end up pretty well smashed, but aside from some ripped shingles, somehow the house didn’t suffer much damage.

The storm missed the tree fort, garage, motorhome, and yes not a scratch on the satellite dish, even leaving Bill with his sense of humor.

"We burn firewood so that will be a good thing, we were just talking about having to cut some more wood, I didn't quite plan on it this way.”

Bill says they have insurance, so yes they're left with a lot of cleanup, but extremely lucky to survive what Mother Nature tried to tear apart.
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