Strong storms, tornadoes possible across Michigan

April 24, the National Weather Service says strong, possibly severe thunderstorms are likely across much of Michigan.

The weather started out warm, with temperatures in most of the Lower Peninsula around 70 °. However, a weather front is moving into the state and could produce storms with wind gusts of 60 mph and hale up to one inch in diameter.

In southwest Lower Michigan the NWS is forecasting “strong to locally severe thunderstorms” to begin in the afternoon and extend into the evening, with the highest chance of severe weather between 3 pm to 10 pm

“The NWS Grand Rapids office was reporting.

The Tri-Cities and Thumb are also forecasted to experience strong “scattered to numerous thunderstorms” in the afternoon and evening hours.

“The higher severe weather chances are north of Howell to Harbor Beach line, which includes Flint and the Tri-Cities,” the NWS Pontiac office was reporting.

The NWS said the strongest storms will be capable of producing wind gusts to 60 mph, hail to one inch in diameter and possible isolated tornado.

“These stories will develop within a corridor of weak instability ahead of a cold front,” the report said. “Very strong winds will combine with the weak instability to create the severe thunderstorm risk.”

If a tornado strikes, use these tips from the National Weather Service to stay safe:

  • Stay Weather-Ready: Continue to listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings.
  • At Your House: If you are in a tornado warning, go to your basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows. Don’t forget pets if time allows.
  • At Your Workplace or School: Follow your tornado drill quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows and don’t go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.
  • Outside: Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe. Neither is a mobile home or tent. If you have time, get to a safe building.
  • In a vehicle: Being a vehicle during a tornado is not safe. The best course of action is to drive to the closest shelter. If you are unable to make it to a safe shelter, then you can get it and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low-lying area.

After a tornado is recommended you follow these steps:

  • Stay Informed: Continue to listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes are possible during severe weather outbreaks.
  • Contact Your Family and Loved Ones: Let your family and close friends know that you can help spread the word. Text messages or social media are more reliable forms of communication than phone calls.
  • Assess the Damage: After the threat of tornadoes has ended, check to see if your property has been damaged. When walking through storm damage, wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes. Contact local authorities if you see power lines down. Stay out of damaged buildings. If your property has been damaged.
  • Help Your Neighbor: If you have an emergency response teams arrive.

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