Weekend Flood Watch Issued for West Michigan

09-09-13 Flooding Meijer on 54th Street Wyoming

...FLOOD WATCH SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...

.ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED FROM SATURDAY
AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. RAINFALL ON THE ORDER OF ONE TO
POSSIBLY IN EXCESS OF TWO INCHES MAY FALL ACROSS THE AREA. THE
HEAVIEST RAIN IS EXPECTED TO FALL ACROSS CENTRAL LOWER
MICHIGAN. ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS ADD TO THE THREAT WITH HIGH SOIL
MOISTURE AND RIVER LEVELS WELL ABOVE NORMAL.

MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-
MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-IONIA-ALLEGAN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LUDINGTON...BALDWIN...REED CITY...
CLARE...HART...FREMONT...BIG RAPIDS...MOUNT PLEASANT...MUSKEGON...
GREENVILLE...ALMA...JENISON...GRAND RAPIDS...IONIA...HOLLAND
359 PM EDT FRI APR 11 2014

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY
MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN...
   CLARE...GRATIOT...ISABELLA...MECOSTA...MONTCALM AND OSCEOLA.
  IN SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN...IONIA. IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN...
  ALLEGAN...KENT AND OTTAWA. IN WEST CENTRAL MICHIGAN...LAKE...
  MASON...MUSKEGON...NEWAYGO AND OCEANA.

* FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING

* A THREAT FOR HEAVY RAIN EXISTS FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
  MONDAY MORNING AS A FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL SLOWLY MOVE THROUGH
  THE REGION. ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL OCCUR AS WAVES OF
  LOW PRESSURE MOVE UP THE FRONT. BY MIDDAY MONDAY...ONE TO
  POSSIBLY THREE INCHES OF RAIN MAY FALL ACROSS THE WATCH AREA.

* HIGH SOIL MOISTURE CONTENT WILL ALLOW FOR EFFICIENT RUNOFF INTO
  RIVERS AND STREAMS. RIVER LEVELS ARE ALREADY WELL ABOVE NORMAL
  FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR DUE TO EARLIER RAINS AND SNOW MELT ACROSS
  THE AREA.

* CONCERNS NOT ONLY EXIST ALONG MAIN STEM RIVERS...BUT SMALL
  CREEKS AND STREAMS MAY POTENTIALLY SEE SIGNIFICANT RISES AS WELL.
  LOW LAND AND URBAN PONDING OF WATER MAY ALSO OCCUR IN THE
  HEAVIER BURSTS OF RAIN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON LINE AT
WWW.READY.GOV/FLOODS AND HTTP://GO.USA.GOV/5OG.

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