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Agencies brace for severe weather

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Hundreds are without power across West Michigan after heavy winds downed power lines on Monday.

Newschannel 3s Jared Werksma was out in Allegan County where sheriffs deputies are on standby, bracing for more damage reports.

Consumers Energy says it has had multiple crews in Allegan County throughout the day, repairing downed wires responsible for several hundred outages already.

When the wind starts to gust, the Allegan County Sheriffs Office prepares for some extra work.

Theres over 50,000 acres of state land in Allegan County, said Sgt. Mike Brown.

Sgt. Brown says all those trees can create some headaches.

If we get sent to a tree down, usually youre talking an hour to two hours, said Sgt. Brown.

Those are precious man-hours that are difficult to spare.

When were running with five cars and three of them are tied up on a tree down for an hour to two hours, you can lose focus on what else is going on, said Sgt. Brown.

However, a downed power line is simply too dangerous to ignore.

Ive seen a power wire, a transformer explode and cause a small fire, said Sgt. Brown.

And downed trees on two lane highways can be just as dangerous. Sgt. Brown says hes seen quite a few crashes caused by downed limbs.

Especially if you lost power because of the storm and there arent any street lights or its an area that doesnt normally have street lights and theres a tree down, people can run into those and cause a pretty nasty accident, said Sgt. Brown.