Over 600 Branch County Consumers Energy customers lost power, and a wind gust of 47 miles per house was reported at the Branch County Memorial Airport

Monday, August 19, 2019 5:55 a.m. EDT by

A downed tree on South Monroe Street, Coldwater, Michigan after a thunderstorm August 18, 2019 (photo courtesy of Ruthie Marie via WTVB Facebook page)
A downed tree on South Monroe Street, Coldwater, Michigan after a thunderstorm August 18, 2019 (photo courtesy of Ruthie Marie via WTVB Facebook page)

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) -Two rounds of strong storms went through Branch County Sunday. While farmers got some much needed rain with unofficial reports of one to two inches being measured throughout the county, the strong winds from the second round of storms that went through early Sunday night knocked down trees and power lines which resulted in power outages.

The Branch County Memorial Airport recorded a wind gust of 47 miles an hour at 7:05 p.m..

Nearly 1,300 Consumers Energy customers in the Colon area lost their power, while another 661 customers were affected in Branch County.

Crews were able to restore power to just about all Consumer’s Energy customers in Branch County during the overnight hours.

The Branch County Road Commission responded to five reports of road hazards in the hour after the storm went through.

Several trees were knocked down in Coldwater, with one falling on a house in the 100 block of North Hudson Street. Wires were also reported down in the 100 block of East Pearl Street.

Ken Delaney

Ken has been a familiar voice in Branch County for a quarter century with AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB, coming to Coldwater in 1984 after graduating from Central Michigan University. Ken Delaney has been a fixture in the Branch County community for over 30 years. He is Market Manager, Program Director and morning show host for WTVB-AM/FM in Coldwater, Michigan, a division of Midwest Communications, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Central Michigan University in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, with a minor in Political Science. He is a three-time winner of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for On-Air Personality.
Ken has served as the Co-Chairman of the Tibbits Opera House Restoration Capital Campaign, and is currently the Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Coach at Coldwater High School. He also served 8 years on the Board of Trustees of the Community Health Center of Branch County and is past-Chairman of the Branch County Republican Party. Other community leadership roles have included the Branch County Historical Society Board of Directors, Safety Director for Branch County AYSO Soccer Region 1289, Branch Family YMCA Committee, Branch County Chamber of Commerce Car Show-Swap Meet Committee Chairman, Branch County Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Chairman, Family Services Network Board Member, the Branch County 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, and the Branch County SAFE Kids Committee. Previously Delaney has served as President of Coldwater Community Theatre, Vice President of the Coldwater Sister City Festival Committee, and Chairman of the Committee for Branch County Seniors Millage Campaign. Other committees he has served on include the Coldwater Community Schools Technology Committee, the Coldwater Community Schools Elementary Feasibility Committee, the Branch County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Tibbits Opera Foundation Board of Directors, the City of Coldwater Multi-Purpose Recreation Center Committee, and the Community Action Agency Walk for Warmth Committee.
Ken’s wife Christine is the Executive Director of the Tibbits Opera Foundation in Coldwater, MI. Their son Jason is in the masters program at the University of Central Florida and son Sean is a senior at Coldwater High School in Coldwater.


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