LIVE BLOG: Tracking Strong Wednesday Storms

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WEST MICHIGAN (June 18, 2014) – FOX 17 meteorologists are tracking the possibility for severe weather on Wednesday.  The following is a live blog which will be updated by the minute as new information about the storm threat comes in.  Please send us your videos and pictures to news@fox17online.com.

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FOX 17 June 18, 20142:32 PM

agillfillan June 18, 20142:25 PM

Trees down in Rockford…

agillfillan June 18, 20142:21 PM

BREAKING NOW: Three Rivers apartment building on fire http://fox17online.com/2014/06/18/three-rivers-apartment-building-on-fire-possible-lightning-strike/#axzz350jbHq2g

FOX 17 June 18, 20142:12 PM
Kevin Craig June 18, 20142:05 PM

Jen Shea

Kevin Craig June 18, 20142:03 PM

Joel VanHarn, Plaza Drive, Northeast GR

Kevin Craig June 18, 20142:02 PM

Angela Marie Kanouse

Kevin Craig June 18, 20142:00 PM

SEVERE THUNDERSTORS WATCH FOR WEST MICHIGAN ONLY INCLUDES THESE
COUNTIES FOR OUR AREA….BARRY, CASS, BRANCH, KALAMAZOO, ST. JOSEPH,
CALHOUN, AND EATON. REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 9:00 PM

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:56 PM

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 321
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
155 PM EDT WED JUN 18 2014

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHERN INDIANA
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN
NORTHWEST OHIO
LAKE ERIE

* EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 155 PM
UNTIL 900 PM EDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 15 MILES NORTHEAST OF
FLINT MICHIGAN TO 70 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF TOLEDO OHIO. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

&&

DISCUSSION…A QLCS WITH EMBEDDED BOWING STRUCTURES SHOULD CONTINUE
TO INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES EAST AND SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE WATCH AREA
THIS AFTERNOON. DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE THE PRIMARY HAZARD…THOUGH
ISOLATED OCCURRENCES OF LARGE HAIL ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

AVIATION…A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM
MOTION VECTOR 27035.

agillfillan June 18, 20141:56 PM

Mangled semi truck at mile marker 49 on I-96

agillfillan June 18, 20141:55 PM

Tree down outside the FOX 17 studios… giving us some logistical trouble to get crews in and out…

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:55 PM

Shelf cloud approaching the lakeshore. Justin Michael

agillfillan June 18, 20141:54 PM

Look at the flash flooding on Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids…

FOX 17 June 18, 20141:54 PM

Corner of Plaza and Lamberton LakeDr. Grand Rapids.

FOX 17 June 18, 20141:53 PM

Corner of Plaza and Lamberton LakeDr. Grand Rapids.

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:53 PM

Josh Fuller

Jon Shaner June 18, 20141:52 PM

Fire at Bentwood Apts. in Three Rivers being blamed on a lightning strike, according to fire officials.

agillfillan June 18, 20141:51 PM

Westbound I-96 after M-50 (Alden Nash Ave) has only
the left lane open due to a crash.

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:50 PM

Shelf cloud, Doug Steele, Walker

agillfillan June 18, 20141:49 PM

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Jon Shaner June 18, 20141:47 PM

East Grand Rapids [Kent Co, MI] coop observer reports TSTM WND GST of M53 MPH  at 01:20 PM EDT — 

agillfillan June 18, 20141:46 PM

Calhoun County Courthouse in Battle Creek…

Jon Shaner June 18, 20141:45 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Watch likely to be issued shortly for parts of the state.

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:41 PM

Panoramic in Jenison from Jared Guiles

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:40 PM

Allie Peterlein

Jon Shaner June 18, 20141:38 PM

Viewer report: Tree down across half of Ada dr. Near Ada Christian.

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:38 PM

Shelf Cloud by Travis DeHaan, Caledonia

agillfillan June 18, 20141:35 PM

We are hearing about trees down across Kent County including here at the FOX 17 studios on Grand Rapids’ northeast side. Also, Plainfield Avenue has flash flooding.

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:32 PM

Alisha Keener, 7 Mile and Alpine

agillfillan June 18, 20141:31 PM

Grand Rapids…

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:31 PM

Mike Hilgendorf, Grandville

agillfillan June 18, 20141:30 PM

Video report from downtown Grand Rapids…

agillfillan June 18, 20141:30 PM

Grand Rapids…

agillfillan June 18, 20141:30 PM

Northwest Grand Rapids…

agillfillan June 18, 20141:28 PM

http://tribwxmi.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/img_0879.mov

Kevin Craig June 18, 20141:26 PM

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
122 PM EDT WED JUN 18 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL KENT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN…

* UNTIL 200 PM EDT

* AT 121 PM EDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ADA…AND
MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROCKFORD… LOWELL… GRATTAN TWP…
FALLASSBURG… ALASKA… ALTO…
BELMONT… DUTTON… KENTWOOD…
EAST GRAND RAPIDS… ADA… CASCADE…
CANNONSBURG… PARNELL… BOWNE CENTER…
GERALD R FORD ARPT…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE
SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

&&

LAT…LON 4317 8531 4281 8531 4281 8566 4312 8567
TIME…MOT…LOC 1722Z 268DEG 31KT 4299 8554

HAIL…0.75IN
WIND…60MPH

agillfillan June 18, 20141:26 PM
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
122 PM EDT WED JUN 18 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  CENTRAL KENT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN...

* UNTIL 200 PM EDT

* AT 121 PM EDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ADA...AND
  MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

  HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  ROCKFORD...           LOWELL...             GRATTAN TWP...
  FALLASSBURG...        ALASKA...             ALTO...
  BELMONT...            DUTTON...             KENTWOOD...
  EAST GRAND RAPIDS...  ADA...                CASCADE...
  CANNONSBURG...        PARNELL...            BOWNE CENTER...
  GERALD R FORD ARPT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE
SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER...INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.
Annalise Kransz June 18, 20141:25 PM

Near Rockford more than 1,400 without power.
Here’s the latest on power outages from Consumers Energy: http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap

Annalise Kransz June 18, 20141:17 PM

Thunderstorm Warning has just been issued for Kalamazoo County

agillfillan June 18, 20141:03 PM

LIVE STREAM from along lakeshore… http://fox17online.com/live/#axzz350jbHq2g

agillfillan June 18, 20141:02 PM
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR CASS AND ST. JOSEPH COUNTIES

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
MIC027-149-181745-
/O.NEW.KIWX.SV.W.0026.140618T1654Z-140618T1745Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1254 PM EDT WED JUN 18 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  NORTHERN CASS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN...
  NORTHWESTERN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN...

* UNTIL 145 PM EDT

* AT 1253 PM EDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
  CASSOPOLIS...AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

  HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
           ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  THREE RIVERS...MARCELLUS...DONNELL LAKE...WAKELEE...COREY LAKE...
  CLEAR LAKE...HOWARDSVILLE...MOORE PARK...FLOWERFIELD AND FISHERS
  LAKE.
agillfillan June 18, 201412:58 PM

Meteorologist Jon Shaner is going to cut into programming at the top of the hour to do some live storm tracking…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:57 PM

Holland State Park…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:56 PM

Zeeland…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:56 PM

96 and Adams

agillfillan June 18, 201412:55 PM

This photo was taken off of Harding and Kenowa Ave. near Sparta.


agillfillan June 18, 201412:54 PM

agillfillan June 18, 201412:49 PM

agillfillan June 18, 201412:49 PM

LIVE VIDEO from Grand Haven State Park… http://surfgrandhaven.com/cms/

agillfillan June 18, 201412:47 PM

LIVE STREAM along I-96 in Muskegon County http://fox17online.com/live/#axzz350KiPGDh

agillfillan June 18, 201412:43 PM

Pere Marquette…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:42 PM

Port Sheldon…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:39 PM

agillfillan June 18, 201412:36 PM
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING....

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1234 PM EDT WED JUN 18 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  OTTAWA COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN...

* UNTIL 100 PM EDT

* AT 1233 PM EDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PORT
  SHELDON...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

  HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  GRAND HAVEN...        HOLLAND...            BEECHWOOD...
  HUDSONVILLE...        COOPERSVILLE...       HOLLAND STATE PARK...
  LAKE MACATAWA...      OLIVE CENTER...       FERRYSBURG...
  SPRING LAKE...        DRENTHE...            BAUER...
  JAMESTOWN...          JENISON...            MARNE...
  EASTMANVILLE...       LAMONT...             NUNICA...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.
agillfillan June 18, 201412:34 PM

Grand Haven…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:32 PM

Muskegon…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:28 PM

agillfillan June 18, 201412:26 PM

FROM Tracy DiAugustino:  Pouring and WINDY in Lakewood Club! Very nervous! I have to drive to work in a lil bit!

agillfillan June 18, 201412:23 PM

agillfillan June 18, 201412:22 PM

Take a look at this picture from White Lake in Whitehall

agillfillan June 18, 201412:20 PM

From Grand Haven State Park…

Jon Shaner June 18, 201412:17 PM

Radar suggests wind gusts should start out around 40mph as the main line moves onshore for Muskegon area.

Jon Shaner June 18, 201412:11 PM

Part of the issue is that this morning’s storms made the air more stable.  If we had been sunny all morning, this would be much more significant.  That’s why we’re going to closely watch the southern end of this line, closer to I-94… that’s where things could blow up more where temps are pushing 80°.

agillfillan June 18, 201412:10 PM

From Zeeland earlier this morning…

agillfillan June 18, 201412:10 PM

From Holland…

Jon Shaner June 18, 201412:04 PM

NWS not in a hurry to issue severe thunderstorm warnings for the squall line yet… waiting to see if gusty winds can make it to the surface as it comes off the lake.

agillfillan June 18, 201412:04 PM

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agillfillan June 18, 201411:46 AM

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