GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A line of storms rolled through West Michigan Wednesday night, prompting some severe thunderstorm warnings but not bringing as much damage as initially feared.
Storms pushed through the region quickly, just like they did on Tuesday night. However, as the storms moved, fewer of them were expected to reach severe status and the areas of most concern were limited.
Well before the storms reached Michigan, the enhanced risk of severe weather was set in a bullseye over Lower Michigan. That enhanced risk is one category higher than the slight risk area West Michigan was in Tuesday.
All threat levels were higher than Tuesday, too, with severe straight-line winds still the primary threat at a 30% chance within a 25-mile point.
The line of strong to severe storms arrived around mid-evening into the Holland, Grand Rapids and Ionia areas around 9 p.m. By around 10:15 p.m., the worst of the weather was out of those areas.
Storms were expected to weaken after 2 a.m. as they surged into southern Lower Michigan.
WHAT HAPPENED TUESDAY, WHAT TO EXPECT THURSDAY
Thunderstorms thrive on heat and humidity, and that certainly has been the case lately across the Midwest. During the past two days, there have been nearly 500 reports of severe weather.
Storm Team 8 was able to track last night’s stout line of storms from Iowa right into West Michigan. The image below is around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wind gusts between 40 mph and 60 mph were common along the line with a few higher reports. Nearly 200,000 Michigan residents lost power.
The Storm Prediction Center did an excellent job identifying the main threat Tuesday as strong, straight-line winds.
Thursday will represent the last of the oppressive, humid days and the last chance of severe weather. Thankfully, the risk will be much lower at marginal category 1.
Perfect timing as the new, more comfortable air mass will encompass the Midwest this weekend.