Severe Threat Moves in Thursday Evening

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WEST MICHIGAN — Active weather continues Thursday evening as showers and thunderstorms will continue to bring heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds.

The Storm Prediction Center, has once again increased the threat level to “enhanced” for parts of West Michigan. The “enhanced” threat level is the 3rd category out of 5 threat levels that the Storm Prediction Center issues.

What this means for us here in West Michigan is that all of our area will see a chance at severe weather this afternoon, but areas south of I-96 will have the best opportunity to experience strong to severe storms.

The main threat with this strong system will be the potential for damaging straight line winds. These winds could easily gust over 55 mph, bringing down trees and power-lines. There is also a potential for small hail, frequent cloud to ground lightning and heavy rain. An isolated tornado could be possible however unlikely.

Showers and thunderstorms will move through the area throughout the afternoon however the time frame to see strong to severe storms will be between 4PM and 10PM tonight.

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As always, stay tuned to FOX17 for updates as conditions deteriorate.

 

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