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Severe thunderstorms possible across Lower Peninsula

National Weather Service Grand Rapids

This post was updated 7/26/23 at 2:35pm

The southern half of the Lower Peninsula is under Severe Thunderstorm Watches Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

Areas west of US-127 are covered by a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 4 p.m. and areas east of US-127 are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 7 p.m.

According to the weather service's Storm Prediction Center, gusts to 75 mph and 1.5 inch diameter hail are possible. There could also be isolated tornadoes.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions, and be prepared to shelter in a substantial building, away from doors and windows.

Consumers Energy, one of Michigan's largest electric providers, says it's preparing for the expected storms. In a press release Wednesday morning, the utility said restoration crews are monitoring the storms, and are preparing trucks and essential materials needed to assist with any restoration efforts.

In advance of the storms, Consumers Energy says people should charge all battery-powered electronic devices, and have an emergency kit that includes flashlights and extra batteries, water, and canned food and blankets.

Strong winds could knock down power lines during the expected storms. If you encounter a downed wire, Consumers Energy says you should stay at least 25 feet away. Downed wires should be reported to 911, and your local power provider.

Rick Brewer has been news director at WCMU since February 2024.
Mike Horace is WCMU's Radio Program and Operations Manager.