Storms spawn warning of hail, wind damage in SW MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Calhoun County has been canceled.

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The National Weather Service issued the warning Monday, saying the system could spawn 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hil, which could damage vehicles, roofs, siding and trees. However, no extensive damage was immediately reported.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was also issued for Branch County.

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There has been a lack of severe weather across Michigan this summer with only 23 severe thunderstorm warnings issued so far. It’s the lowest number east of the Rocky Mountains.

It was not until Aug. 1 that Michigan received its first tornado of 2018 — a weak EF0 in Taylor.

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So far this year, severe weather has been lackluster at best. Severe thunderstorm reports for the year are running more than 60 percent below average.

Monday represents one of those rare summer days this year with both the chance of severe weather and widespread rain. Even though clusters of showers and thunderstorms moved through West Michigan in the morning, it appeared the severe weather threat was later in the day.

The Storm Prediction Center has the southern third of the Lower Peninsula in a slight risk area for the potential of strong to severe thunderstorms. It includes the Chicago area and northern Indiana.The main threat from the severe weather appears to be strong straight-line winds with a lower chance of hail or tornadoes.

The Storm Predication Center does not have the treat of tornadoes outlined across Michigan.

The HRRR Futurecast model has a line of storms developing Monday night from approximately Grand Rapids southward.If you have plans outside Monday night, make sure to download the free Storm Team 8 weather app for immediate updates and live radar.

West Michigan will benefit from the widespread, potentially heavy rainfall due to the drought conditions in many areas east of US-131.
Whenever there are thunderstorms in the forecast, the rainfall amounts can vary significantly. In general, most of West Michigan will receive a half to possibly more than two inches of rain through Tuesday. A portion of the Lower Peninsula has been included in the area for the potential of excessive rainfall.Although the chance of rain will not be as great later in the week, there is still the possibility. Make sure to tune into 24 Hour News 8 as Storm Team 8 closely examines the radar for severe weather and chances of rain throughout the week.

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