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Severe Thunderstorm Alert: Michigan Braces for Tornadoes, Damaging Winds, and Hail

On Wednesday, severe thunderstorms are predicted in Michigan, which could potentially result in damaging weather. The main mass of thunderstorms is expected in the afternoon and evening, with some less significant morning storms possible. The radar forecast indicates the strongest storms with red and purple colors. The exact placement of individual thunderstorms is not as crucial as the overall scenario, as anyone in the stormy area may experience severe weather. The Storm Prediction Center forecasts brief damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes as the main threats, with a possibility of one-inch hail. The I-94 corridor and areas southward face the highest threat of damaging winds, while the threat extends northward to Saginaw, Alma, and Newaygo. Far southern Lower Michigan has the chance of tornadoes developing, with supercell formations leading to isolated round thunderstorms. Although large hail reports are expected, they may not be as significant as last week’s 3.5-inch hail in Davison. It is advisable to park cars in a garage, especially in the afternoon and evening.

Michigan Severe Thunderstorm Alert

In Michigan, we are currently in the heart of the severe thunderstorm season. The next clump of thunderstorms is expected to pass over Lower Michigan on Wednesday, potentially causing more damaging weather.

The primary timing for the mass of thunderstorms is Wednesday afternoon and evening. There may be some morning storms, but they are not likely to be the main event. The radar forecast below illustrates the scenario, with red and purple colors representing the strongest storms. It’s important to note that the exact placement of individual thunderstorms is not the main focus; rather, the entire scenario indicates that any of us in the stormy area could face severe weather.

Updates will be provided several times through Wednesday morning to give a better understanding of the exact timing and placement of severe thunderstorms.

The Storm Prediction Center has identified brief damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes as the primary threats with the thunderstorm complex expected tomorrow. They also anticipate the possibility of one-inch hail, but they do not foresee very large hail like last week’s event.

Here are the Storm Prediction Center’s early morning forecasts for damaging wind gusts, tornadoes, and large hail.

The highest threat of damaging winds during a thunderstorm is expected along the I-94 corridor and southward, including Kalamazoo, Jackson, Ann Arbor, and the Detroit area. There is also a realistic threat of isolated damaging winds northward to around Saginaw, Alma, and Newaygo on Wednesday afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center mentions the chance of a few tornadoes developing in far southern Lower Michigan. For these severe storms to generate tornadoes, they would need to take on a supercell formation, which would mean isolated round thunderstorms rather than a solid line of storms. Keep an eye on the radar formations tomorrow to assess the likelihood of tornado development.

With these types of thunderstorms, numerous large hail reports are typically received. While the hail may not be as large as last week’s 3.5-inch hail in Davison, the area covered by the hail could be more extensive. Therefore, it is still recommended to park cars in a garage, especially in the afternoon and evening.

To sum up, a complex of thunderstorms will move across Lower Michigan on Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing the potential for damaging wind gusts, a few tornadoes, and possibly some large hail. The highest threat for damaging winds is along the I-94 corridor and southward, while the chance of tornadoes is mentioned in the discussion for far southern Lower Michigan. Keep yourself updated on the radar formations to determine the likelihood of tornado development. While the hail may not be as large as last week’s event, it is still advised to park cars in a garage to minimize potential damage. Stay prepared and safe during this severe thunderstorm season in Michigan.

 

Source: MLive

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