The top pic. shows the line of storms moving into Holland about mid-afternoon. Numerous branches and limbs were downed in the Holland Area, a few trees were toppled and some wires were downed.

This was the Severe Thunderstorm Watch that was issued by the Storm Prediction Center

Hazard: Tornado Likelihood Low Severe Wind: High Severe Hail: Very Low

The Storm Prediction Center wrote: “SUMMARYA band of storms with embedded bowing segments will continue eastward from northeast Illinois/southern Lake Michigan into Lower Michigan and northern Indiana and eventually northwest Ohio through late afternoon/evening. Damaging gusts up to 70 mph appear to be the main threat.”

Peak Wind Gusts

Pretty much the entire area in the watch box had wind gusts of 40-60 mph with a few gusts in the 60-70 mph category. There were no reports of tornadoes and just one report of severe criteria hail (1″ or greater in diameter) in Midland County. The storms did produce one fatality in Toledo (54-year old woman hit by a falling tree), one fatality in Monroe MI (14 year old girl that touched a live electric wire), at least two other children were injured from a live power line in Warren MI, one injury in Indiana and another in western New York. An 85-year old man was rescued after a downed line started a house fire. The storms did produce frequent lightning and heavy rain.

Downed trees in Portage

GUSTS: 74 mph at Lapeer, 70 mph in Detroit (city airport), 66 mph at the Holland Airport, 64 mph at Monroe, 63 mph at Macatawa and at Mt Clemens, 62 mph at the Chicago water intake, 60 mph in Moscow MI (near Hillsdale), 58 mph at the Grand Rapids Airport and at Battle Creek, 57 mph at Richland in Kalamazoo Co., 56 mph at Jamestown, 54 mph at Benton Harbor and at Jackson, 53 mph at Kalamazoo, 51 mph at Lansing, 49 mph at the S. Haven Beach, 47 mph at S. Haven (airport) and at the Muskegon Beach, 45 mph Grand Haven, 43 mph at Comstock Park, Large high voltage power line was down on Butterworth in Holland. 25,000 Consumers Energy customers without power and that number is rising rapidly.

Consumers Power Outage Map as of shortly before 10 pm

Shortly before 10 pm, there were 615,611 customers without power in Michigan, by far the most of any state. The number two state was Indiana with 34,738 customers without power. Consumers Energy was over 156,000 customers without power about mid-evening. 32% of Calhoun Co. was without power Monday evening and 28% of Jackson County. Some schools may still be without power in the morning, so check our closing list to see what’s closed.

Here’s radar:

Current Radar
Storm Reports from Monday, August 29, 2022

Here’s storm reports from Monday. Every blue dot represents a wind damage report. As of 11 pm, we had 383 reports of wind damage in the U.S. – a lot of them from N. Illinois east to Western New York. Canadian reports are not listed on this map, but there were quite a few wind damage reports from Detroit/Windsor east to the Toronto area.

At this point, it’s not certain whether Monday’s storms can be classified a “derecho”. The Storm Prediction Center may have to make that call. They would have to get the severe weather reports from Canada between Windsor and Lake Ontario.


Storm Reports from Sunday August 28

Above is the severe storm reports from Sunday. The 59 mph gust on the Holland Beach shows up on the map. The other severe reports were across the lake in S. Wisconsin and N. Illinois. There was a small tornado in Riverside Co., California. You don’t see that too often.

  • Gust of 59 mph at Spyglass Condos in Holland.
  • Gust to 53 mph at the Macatawa buoy
  • Gust to 49 mph at Douglas
  • Gust to 40 mph in Grand Rapids
  • One home damaged by a microburst near Conklin
  • Hail fell at 17 Mile Rd. and US 131
  • Roughly 3,000 Consumers customers were without power. I don’t know how many of those were storm-related
The Beach Hazards Statement and Small Craft Advisories have been extended through 8 pm this Tuesday. Don’t swim near or jump off the piers and breakwalls on windy days. Water temps. Monday were from 65 to 70 on Lake Michigan. Inland Reeds Lake in East Gr. Rapids showed a water temp. of 77.
Waves were up to 6 feet high in Grand Haven Monday afternoon

A cool front will bring us cooler and less humid air for Tuesday – Thursday with high temps. in the low-mid 70’s. We could see a morning or two with low temps. in the mid-upper 40s in the usual cool spots like Baldwin and Leota.

About 1/2 hour after sunset at Michigan City, Indiana (pic. taken from the lighthouse).

Daylight continues to shorten at the rate of about 2 1/2 minutes per day. The sunrise today (Mon..) is at 7:03 am and the sunset at 8:22 pm. We have lost nearly 2 hours of daylight since the Summer Solstice back on June 21.

Ship that came through the Muskegon Channel Monday. A ship like this doesn’t worry too much about Small Craft Advisories.

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