Wrap on Wednesday’s Storms

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Some wind gusts:

Peak Wind Gusts Wed. PM

Wednesday evening, there were more customers without power in Michigan than in the other 47 contiguous states combined! Consumers Energy reported 218,937 customers without power from 4,179 separate outages. The other 47 states had 508,663 customers without power.

More wind guss: 58 mph on the beach at Saugatuck – 48 mph at Coldwater, Holland and Kalamazoo, 39 mph at Battle Creek. Semi on its side on Interstate 69 at the State Road 5 exit (278 mm) reported by law enforcement in N. Indiana. Gust to 75 mph at the Mt. Clemens Airport. Scattered wires and trees down in Kalamazoo Co., 62 mph at Waukegan IL, 60 mph at Gary IN and 51 mph just east of downtown Chicago at the water intake. There are scattered reports of wind damage all across N. Illinois and N. Indiana. Small hail also fell in Holland and on the south side of Grand Rapids. Ponding on road at 10 MI and Belmont in Kent Co. Wind damage at White Pigeon in St. Joseph Co. MI. There was a gust to 64 mph at S. Ste. Marie.

Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes Likelihood High LowSevere Wind 65 kt+ Wind Moderate ModerateSevere Hail 2″+ Hail Moderate Moderate

Here’s lightning data, radar, current Michigan weather observations and the full SPC Discussion.

This is the map of severe weather reports from Wednesday. Look at all those blue dots…as of 1:40 am, we have received 564 severe wind reports, including 4 measured gusts of 75 mph or greater (one was in Mt. Clemens MI.). The fastest storm related gust was in (of all places) Beatty, Nevada. There were 4 reported relatively small tornadoes in Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Here’s storm reports from Tuesday:

Storm Reports from Tue. 8/10/21

There were two inconsequential twisters. The big story was the 328 reports of wind damage or measured gusts over 58 mph. There’s a lot of blue dot in SE Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, far NW Indiana and Lower Michigan. Note that there were 4 reports of damage in far S. California and W. Arizona and quite a few in the mid-Atlantic areas, esp. from Virginia to SE PA.

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