A strong cold front brought thunderstorms with gusty wind and hail to West Michigan Thursday evening. The size of the hail was not large enough to meet the severe criteria (1” in diameter) but ranged in size from 0.25” to 0.70”. The reported wind speeds with the storms didn’t officially meet the severe criteria either (58mph but ranged from 40mph to 57mph across the region. The wind did bring down some trees and creating scattered power outages. At Big Sable Point a funnel cloud was reported as reaching half way to the water surface before dissipating.
The Grand Rapids National Weather Service continues a Wind Advisory for the West Michigan counties bordering Lake Michigan until 2 PM Friday. The wind behind the front could gust up to 55mph at the lakeshore today. The wind reports overnight and Friday morning include 68mph at the Great Lakes research site in South Haven and 61mph at the Big Sable marine site in Mason County. With winds of this speed loose objects such as garbage cans could be blown around, and small branches could break free from trees and fall to the ground. Scattered power outages are also possible.
The National Weather Service greatly appreciates wind reports, which can be submitted using their Weather Spotter Report Form.
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