Heavy rain drops 5-7″ in southern Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Up to 7 inches of rain fell across parts of West Michigan overnight Monday into Tuesday, though rainfall amounts were quite variable, with only a trace reported in Muskegon.

While the heaviest rain fell just over the border in northern Indiana (10.24 inches at Denham and a all-time single day record 8.49 inches at South Bend), the heaviest rain in Michigan was in southeast Berrien and Cass County. Barron Lake had 7.01 inches and nearby Niles reported 6.77 inches. Farther north, Paw Paw reported 6.05 inches and Fulton in Kalamazoo County had 5.08 inches. Fulton has had 11 inches of rain since last Thursday!  Most communities along I-94 received 3 to 6 inches of rain with several reports of more than 2 to 3 inches stretching into eastern Kent County and east to Lansing.

Heavy rainfall has caused some street closures in the city of Kalamazoo due to flooding.

Wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph accompanied the rain south of I-94. A number of trees sitting in the soggy ground were uprooted.

This is the same slug of moisture that has been dropping heavy, historic rain in Louisiana.

Thousands of Consumers Energy customers lost power in West Michigan. However, according to the Consumers Energy outage map, power was back for nearly everyone in West Michigan by Tuesday night.

There are a couple of Flood Warnings where rivers are expected to reach flood stage — the Portage River at Vicksburg and Sycamore Creek at Holt.  There are also Flood Advisories where rivers are expected to reach bankfull but not flood stage. You can check river levels here.

We’ll have a chance of a shower or thundershower tomorrow and Thursday, with the most likely time for thunderstorms with brief heavy rain will be late Saturday into Saturday night. Cooler, dry and less humid air arrives for early next week.

—————–Inside woodtv.com:Storm Team 8 Forecast

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