December 21, 2012

December Winter Storm in South Haven

Like most of west Michigan, the wind started picking up overnight and intensified in the wee hours of the morning.  So far the wind has caused some minor power outages and some cosmetic damage around town.

En route to work, one of our innkeepers watched as an electric pole toppled onto Broadway Avenue near the Coldwell Banker office.  No vehicles were struck, but the sparks were a clear sign to stay away.  A major thoroughfare for a small town, traffic was rerouted for several hours as crews worked to repair the pole and restore power. 

Also on Broadway Avenue, the venerable sign for the China Palace finally gave up the fight.  According to Jan Leksich, that sign has been there since she purchased the Victoria Resort over 23 years ago.  Although the loss of the sign doesn't affect the operation of the restaurant, it's a bit of a shock as you drive by.

According to our postwoman, the post office sorted the mail by hand and by lanterns today until power was restored.  Innudated with holiday packages and greeting cards, we can only imagine how challenging (and cold!) that must have been this morning.

Although a beautiful sunset always draws a crowd to South Haven's shoreline, residents also know a good storm and big waves will also bring in sightseers.  If you're headed to South Haven this weekend to check out the fun on Lake Michigan, stay overnight in the bed and breakfast and Amanda will share a bottle of her favorite Fenn Valley wine, Cappriccio.  Just tell her you saw it on the blog!