LIVE BLOG: Large Hail Falls in Parts of West Michigan

WEST MICHIGAN – The National Weather service has placed most of West Michigan under a ‘slight risk’ for severe weather.  The following is a live blog we will update throughout the day.

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Kendaville Road near Coral (photo from viewer Erica Vorpi)

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A rainbow with storm clouds in Sheridan (photo from viewer DeAnna Dulyea) 

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Hail near Lake Montcalm (photo from viewer Jerry Mangum) 

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Hail in Sparta (photo from viewer Christina Robach)

Kevin Craig April 29, 20146:15 PM

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR Mecosta County expires!

Kevin Craig April 29, 20146:15 PM

Becky Marie Race in Lakeview.

Kevin Craig April 29, 20146:12 PM

Shelf cloud around Northview. Tara Walsh

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Hail in West Olive (photo from viewer Katie Clausen) 

Kevin Craig April 29, 20146:07 PM

(6:05 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: 2 WSW Mecosta [Mecosta Co, MI] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 05:42 PM EDT 

Kevin Craig April 29, 20146:06 PM

Hail from Shyanne Spencer in Lakeview….Montcalm County.

Kevin Craig April 29, 20146:03 PM

(6:02 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: Sparta [Kent Co, MI] public reports HAIL of ping pong ball size (E1.50 INCH) at 04:55 PM EDT — received photos from the public. time estimated by radar

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Another hail photo in Sparta from viewer Annalicia Marie Barnum

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Hail in Sparta (photo from viewer Annalicia Marie Barnum) 

Kevin Craig April 29, 20146:00 PM

61 knot wind gust in Kalamzaoo with storms!

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:58 PM

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
557 PM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

…TIME… …EVENT… …CITY LOCATION… …LAT.LON…
…DATE… ….MAG…. ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE….
..REMARKS..

0528 PM HAIL 3 NNE LANGSTON 43.35N 85.22W
04/29/2014 M1.50 INCH MONTCALM MI TRAINED SPOTTER

This would be ping pong ball size hail!

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:58 PM

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN
MECOSTA COUNTY UNTIL 615 PM EDT…

AT 551 PM EDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MILLBROOK…
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BARRYTON… MECOSTA… GRANT TWP…
CHIPPEWA LAKE… RODNEY… TUBBS LAKE…
TITUS… REMUS… MARTINY LAKE…

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:56 PM

Golf ball size hail in Six Lakes

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Hail in Lakeview (photo from viewer Dennis Sweet) 

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:53 PM

5:51 PM) GRR issues GUSTY WINDS TO 50 MPH AND POSSIBLE HAIL for Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Montcalm [MI] till 7:45 PM EDT

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:42 PM

Awesome hail shot from Trufant from FOX 17’s Leigh Ann Towne!

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Hail in Trufant (photo from viewer Ashley Warner) 

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:39 PM

Grand Rapids shelf cloud. Photo by Erin on Twitter. http://tribwxmi.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/shelf-cloud.jpg?w=640

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:36 PM

(5:34 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: 3 ENE Kentwood [Kent Co, MI] official nws ob reports HAIL of pea size (E0.25 INCH) at 05:33 PM EDT — pea size hail briefly fell at the nws forecast office hail duration 1 minute

(5:35 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: 3 W Howard City [Montcalm Co, MI] trained spotter reports HAIL of pea size (M0.25 INCH) at 05:14 PM EDT — heavy rain, brief strong winds, and continuous thunder and lightning also. hail duration 2 minutes

(5:35 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: Sunfield [Eaton Co, MI] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of M47.00 MPH at 05:29 PM EDT —

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:34 PM

Hail in Sparta. Photo by Danial Hankinson

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:30 PM

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MECOSTA COUNTY IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN…
NORTHWESTERN MONTCALM COUNTY IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN…

* UNTIL 615 PM EDT

* AT 525 PM EDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CORAL…AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIG RAPIDS… BARRYTON… MORLEY…
MECOSTA… AMBLE… ENTRICAN…
SIX LAKES… GRANT TWP… COLFAX TWP…
CHIPPEWA LAKE… STANWOOD… RODNEY…
ALTONA… PARIS… LAKEVIEW…
CANADIAN LAKES… TUBBS LAKE… TITUS…

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:30 PM

Heavy rain and hail by CJ Nyenhuis in Cedar Springs!

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:26 PM

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for Kent County now expired. Storms have lifted further north/east in to Montcalm County.

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:25 PM

Wow! Grand Rapids made 71 degrees this afternoon. Some of the heat helping to fuel the storms this afternoon/evening.

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:24 PM

Storm clouds developing. Photo by Ed Roblyer.

Kevin Craig April 29, 20145:18 PM

(5:11 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: Cedar Springs [Kent Co, MI] broadcast media reports HAIL of pea size (M0.25 INCH) at 05:09 PM EDT — media relayed a report from the public of pea size hail covering the ground

(5:17 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: Howard City [Montcalm Co, MI] trained spotter reports HAIL of half inch size (M0.50 INCH) at 05:13 PM EDT —

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From Chief Meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg: Strongest storms near Holland and South Haven moving north. These storms contain small hail. I’ll have a live update at 3:53pm on FOX 17.

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Hail in Grand Haven (Photo from viewer Kylie Weber) 

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From Meteorologist Kevin Craig: More thunderstorms out over Lake Michigan tracking north/northeast at about 20-25 mph. Nothing severe there yet!

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Storm clouds in St. Joseph (Photo from viewer Mande Cason) 

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From Meteorologist Kevin Craig: Here’s the strongest storm in the area now. Brief heavy rain, some wind, and hail under one inch.

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From Meteorologist Kevin Craig: Current radar with movement of showers an t’storms to the north/northeast.

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From Meteorologist Kevin CraigBoth half inch and three quarter inch hail reported in Ottawa County

Rick Mecklenburg April 29, 20142:44 PM

Severe thunderstorm warning until 3:30pm for western Ottawa County

Rick Mecklenburg April 29, 20142:36 PM

Small hail reported in some of these thunderstorms. Movement is north at 40mph

Rick Mecklenburg April 29, 20142:34 PM

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