Storms knock out power

Power was disrupted to residents across St. Joseph County Monday night and Tuesday morning, as a strong storm made its way across the area.

The National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm watch at 6:20 p.m. and two hours later, St. Joseph County was placed under a thunderstorm warning.

The passing storm brought wind gusts in addition to constant thunder and lightning, and two bursts of heavy rain.

According to the National Weather Service, White Pigeon encountered a wind gust of 75 mph at 8:11 p.m., while a monitoring point three miles southeast of Clear Lake had a 73-mph wind gust two minutes later. Three Rivers had a peak wind speed of 66 mph at 8:38 p.m.

Sturgis Kirsch Municipal Airport recorded 1.51 inches of rain as of 4:35 a.m. Tuesday. A measuring point two miles southeast of Mendon collected 0.61 inches of rain overnight.

Power outages were reported across the county between 8 and 11 p.m. The largest Consumers Energy outage was reported at 8:55 p.m. northwest of Sturgis, where 500 customers had a loss of service.

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