Storms Hit W. Michigan Tue. PM/Evening

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Photo above is the storm moving off Lake Michigan. Many areas had winds of 40-50 mph with a few spots seeing gusts of 50-70 mph. – 3.5″ of rain in Richland (Kalamazoo Co.). 1 WNW Battle Creek [Calhoun Co, MI] emergency manager reported a flood — viaduct flooded at Upton ave and W. Dickman Rd. – motorist assisted by first responders. Gust to 53 mph at Battle Creek (airport). “We have pics of a large tree across much of the US-131 SB lanes south of Reed City. Est. gust to 60 mph near Ithaca in Gratiot Co. Gust to 53 mph in Mt. Pleasant, 51 mph in Whitehall, 45 mph at Fremont, 41 mph at Muskegon and Ludington. Numerous limbs down and power outages along m-91 between Greenville and Turk Lake. . We had nearly 70,000 Consumers Energy customers without power, mainly in areas north of Grand Rapids. That’s about the same number of customers that lost power from Tropical Storm Henri in Rhode Island.

Storm Discussion from SPC

SPC said: “SPC says a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is unlikely, but “A band of storms along the western shores of Lake Michigan may pose some risk for damaging wind gusts as they cross the lake and move onshore into Lower MI.”

Earlier Tues. AM – this line produced a 63 mph wind gust at Marshfield WI. Winds hit 47 mph at Oshkosh and there was tree damage at Manitowoc. The storms have also produced 1/4 to 1/2″ hail.

Day 2 (Wed.) Severe Weather Outlook Map from SPC

Above is the severe weather outlook map from SPC for Wednesday, August 25. Michigan is in the General Thunderstorm Outlook (light green on the map) with the Marginal Risk in the Northern Plains.

Severe Weather Outlook Area for Thursday August 26

The Severe Weather Outlook Map from SPC for this Thursday shows a Marginal Risk across the Northern Plains, from E. Montana and NE Wyoming east to Wisconsin. Again, all of Michigan is in the General Thunderstorm Risk Area (not severe). Thunderstorm activity would be scattered and most of the time it will not be raining.

For Days 4 to 8 (Aug. 28 – Sept. 1), SPC says: “…the north-central U.S. will remain a general area of probabilistically greater severe potential during the medium-range period, no specific risk areas will be highlighted (at this time).”

We need some rain. Today is the 12th day in a row with no rain in Grand Rapids. During that time, Kalamazoo has had 0.15″ and Battle Creek a paltry 0.05″. It’d be nice to get 1/2-1″ of rain in the next few days with enough wind to get the rain under the trees and overhangs, but nothing to produce any damage and that could happen.

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