A Very Windy Sunday!

Bill's Blog

Strong winds gusted in places over 60 mph Sunday. The wind kicked up waves as high as 13.5 feet on Lake Michigan (at the Ludington buoy around 5:30 pm). Waves at Muskegon. Car wash.

The winds have brought down branches and limbs, Power lines have also come down with over 250,000 customers without power in Michigan at one point Sunday eveening. Here’s some peak wind gusts:

Peak Wind gusts Sunday 11 15 20
Truck flipped over by the wind on I-57 southwest of Chicago

This truck was tipped over by the strong winds on I-57 southwest of Chicago (pic. from Bob Williams and the Chicago NWS).

Large branch blocking road in Chicago Sunday PM (pic. from Chicago PD

Many places recorded wind gusts from 50-60 mph.

Map showing the High Wind Warning at the Lakeshore

Storm Warnings (that’s the step between Gale Warnings and Hurricane Warnings) were issued for Lake Michigan. We’ll back down to Small Craft Advisories for Mon.-Tue. Needless to say, best to stay off the piers and breakwaters when we have strong winds like this.

Power Outages as of 1 pm Sunday

As of 9:30 pm, there were 44,008 Consumers Energy customers without power, inc. 2,987 in Ottawa Co, 2391 in Allegan Co., 2,243 in Calhoun Co., 2,164 in Ionia Co. an 2,128 in Kalamazoo County. There were 1,353 separate outages. Statewide, over a quarter of a million customers lost power in MI. Cadillac reported 2″ of snow on the grassy areas Sunday evening.

Courtesy: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Sunday was the start of the firearm deer season – which runs through the end of the month. This was sure lousy weather for the opener – but it’s probably good news for the deer!

Central Great Lakes sector loop
Here’s radar Go to: Most Recent Image

Severe storm reports from Saturday

Severe Thunderstorms Saturday produced hail up to golfball size and winds to 70 mph across parts of SW Missouri and NW Arkansas.

Sunday’s Severe Weather reports (11 15)

Sunday was a big severe weather day in the East. No tornadoes, but 452 reports of wind damage or wind gusts over 58 mph. The top wind gusts were 79 mph at Lorain, Ohio and 76 mph at Brunswick, Ohio.

Some good advice here for when the “Gales of November” come to call

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