COLOMA — Monday morning’s storm ripped across Lake Michigan, pummeling areas along the lakeshore. Roughly 80 mph winds uprooted trees and tore down power lines, leaving several thousand customers without power.
As gusts of wind turned into sideways rain, Mother Nature bore down on Berrien County.
“The sheets of wind were so strong that we started finding the transformers popping, bursting into flames and we started seeing all these trees topple,” said Dean Sanders, who lives off M-63 near Hagar Shores.
As he watched two huge trees destroy his guest cottage, Sanders wondered if the thick glass on the banister around his nearby lake home could take any more.
“It sounded like a tank ran into something and it was a horrible noise when both of them went down,” he recalled. “I’ve never seen it that bad.”