2010-10-28 / Front Page

RIDING IT OUT


Dave Batchelor, 63, of Higgins Lake rides the wind and the waves off Sunset Drive in Gerrish Township Tuesday afternoon. “I’m going again today,” he said Wednesday morning, despite what he called “difficult” sailing conditions. Meteorologist Andy Sullivan of the National Weather Service, Gaylord, said sustained winds of 23 mph with gusts up to 44 mph were recorded in Roscommon County Tuesday, and that the wind and rain would continue through today (Thursday). As the Resorter went to press Wednesday afternoon, emergency crews were being kept busy by constant calls for downed power lines and trees. Roscommon County Road Commission Manager Tim O’Rourke said on-call foreman Art Allen was busy Tuesday night calling in road workers to clear trees off roads. He said a crew went back out Wednesday to continue the clean up. There were also reports of construction signs that had blown over in St. Helen, O’Rourke said. Consumer’s Energy spokeswoman Mary Gust said 159 customers were without power as of Wednesday morning (about 10:50 a.m.). Most of the customers affected live in the Village of Roscommon and the rest of the outages were scattered throughout the county. Statewide, 18,000 Consumers customers were without power, she said. (Below) Houghton Lake’s Elizabeth Loiacano shot this picture of a rainbow over the lake from her home on the West Shore Tuesday evening. “I thought it was a nice sight on such a stormy evening,” she reported. “A little bit of sunshine.” Loiacano said it was a full circle rainbow and she was able to see both ends. (Top photo, Thomas Reznich. Bottom, Elizabeth Loiacano.) Dave Batchelor, 63, of Higgins Lake rides the wind and the waves off Sunset Drive in Gerrish Township Tuesday afternoon. “I’m going again today,” he said Wednesday morning, despite what he called “difficult” sailing conditions. Meteorologist Andy Sullivan of the National Weather Service, Gaylord, said sustained winds of 23 mph with gusts up to 44 mph were recorded in Roscommon County Tuesday, and that the wind and rain would continue through today (Thursday). As the Resorter went to press Wednesday afternoon, emergency crews were being kept busy by constant calls for downed power lines and trees. Roscommon County Road Commission Manager Tim O’Rourke said on-call foreman Art Allen was busy Tuesday night calling in road workers to clear trees off roads. He said a crew went back out Wednesday to continue the clean up. There were also reports of construction signs that had blown over in St. Helen, O’Rourke said. Consumer’s Energy spokeswoman Mary Gust said 159 customers were without power as of Wednesday morning (about 10:50 a.m.). Most of the customers affected live in the Village of Roscommon and the rest of the outages were scattered throughout the county. Statewide, 18,000 Consumers customers were without power, she said. (Below) Houghton Lake’s Elizabeth Loiacano shot this picture of a rainbow over the lake from her home on the West Shore Tuesday evening. “I thought it was a nice sight on such a stormy evening,” she reported. “A little bit of sunshine.” Loiacano said it was a full circle rainbow and she was able to see both ends. (Top photo, Thomas Reznich. Bottom, Elizabeth Loiacano.)

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