GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An area of thunderstorms pushed through West Michigan Monday evening, bringing a few reports of hail, strong winds and power outages.
Wind gusts reached 57 mph at the Grand Haven Lighthouse, 51 mph at Cadillac, 47 mph at the Ford Airport in G.R., 44 mph at the Muskegon Co. Airport, 43 mph at S. Haven and Bridgman, 42 mph at Frankfort and 40 mph at Stanton, Wright (Gayle and I stopped for a chicken wrap at the Wright Tavern late Mon. – really good) and Port Sheldon.
Wind damage was reported in Wyoming, Saugatuck, Bangor, Berrien Springs, Eau Claire, Buchanan, Sand Lake and Croton Heights.
Small hail fell in Southeast Holland and at Leonard and Fuller NE in Grand Rapids. Over 16,000 Consumers Energy customers lost power during the storms, with many of them in Van Buren and Allegan Counties.
There were six relatively small tornadoes in Illinois Monday PM. One of the twisters crossed I-72 near Alexander IL. The pic. on top of this thread is a tornado in central Illinois Mon. PM (from ciproud.com). All the severe weather in the U.S. on Monday occurred in IL, northwest IN and SW Michigan.
During the day Monday, exceptionally warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico collided with a system coming east from the Central Plains. An area of low pressure moved from north-central Missouri to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We were on the warm, buoyant side as the system neared West Michigan.
The strongest storms started arriving after sunset, primarily west of US-131. The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Kent and Van Buren Counties (both warnings verified).
The pattern will remain active this week with another storm system arriving late Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center has taken Western Michigan out of the Marginal Risk (low) for severe weather. We could see a random, non-severe t-shower this evening/tonight.