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Salt Prices Up Nearly 50% as Winter Nears

There are many opinions on what lies ahead this winter for West Michigan, but we do know that road salt will cost a lot more for Michigan road agencies battling the snow and ice.

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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Free Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven

The solar eclipse expected around dusk tonight may be safely seen at viewing parties in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven.

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Grand Rapids Summer Temperatures Suggest a Very Snowy Winter Ahead

Grand Rapids has not had a 90 degree day in 2014.

If our cool summer continues, recent history tells us we are in for a very snowy winter.

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New Footage of Wyoming-Kentwood Tornado Out [Video]

A couple of videos making the rounds in the wake of Sunday night's tornado in the southwest section of Kent County shed new light on the storm, which caught everyone, including the National Weather Service, by surprise.

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Aerial View of July 6, 2014 Tornado Damage [Video]

It can be hard to grasp the amount of damage caused by the tornado that came through West Michigan on Sunday night.

An aerial video gives us a unique look at the damage and better understanding of how destructive the tornado was.

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Long Island Residents, Many Still Without Power, Continue To Clean Up After Superstorm Sandy
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Consumers Energy: More Expected to be Without Electricity on Monday Night

Consumers Energy is expected to cut power at 9 p.m. to allow crews to repair damage from Sunday night's thunderstorms.

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National Weather Service Grand Rapids: EF-1 Tornado Struck Kentwood

That wind and rain buried in a thunderstorm Sunday night that struck Kentwood just before 10:30 p.m. included a tornado, National Weather Service Grand Rapids meteorologist Brandon Hoving said.

Update (3 p.m.): The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF-1, with peak winds of 100 to 110 miles per hour. The tornado, which injured six people, cut a swath of 300 to 400 yards wide near Cutlerville, Wyoming and Kentwood and lasted for about 10 minutes. It touched down at 10:20 p.m. at about 2 miles west of Cutlerville at 64th Street SW and Burlingame Avenue SW in Byron Township and ended at 10:30 p.m. at Breton Road and 28th Street SE.

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Thunderstorms Slam Kentwood-Wyoming Area; Rains Deluge West Michigan Locales [Video]

Update (12:35 p.m.): The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has confirmed a tornado struck Kentwood. More details here.

Severe thunderstorms late Sunday night caused considerable damage in southern Kent County and authorities are advising people to stay away from storm-stricken locales, WZZM-13 and the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office report this morning.

The storms hit the Wyoming and Kentwood area late Sunday night and the National Weather Service is surveying areas to determine if damage was caused by a tornado, a microburst or straight-line winds.

Consumers Energy said this morning that about 20,000 electricity cutomers lost power, with about 9,600 of those in Kent County, including Wyoming and Kentwood. The Jackson-based utility said it could be until late Tuesday before power is fully restored.

The American Red Cross of West Michigan has opened a temporary Kentwood shelter at Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE for affected people.

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Over 150,000 in Michigan Lose Power Due to Storms

West Michigan made it through last night's storms without too much damage.

Some other areas of the state were not as fortunate.

The storms had winds of over 70 mph and have left over 150,000 without power.

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Low-Interest Disaster Loans Available to Michigan Residents

Michigan residents and businesses affected by the severe flooding, hail and high winds on April 12-30, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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