UPDATE: A Stormy Monday Likely For Lansing
UPDATED (11:35PM) - Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have now been issued for Jackson County and Ingham County until 12:15PM. (Details here) Storms continue to develop rapidly due west of Lansing as the storm pestering Eaton and Calhoun Counties moves into areas like Leslie, Mason, Jackson, and Stockbridge.
UPDATED (11:17PM) - Tornado Warnings have been cancelled in Mid-Michigan, but re-up the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Barry, Calhoun, and Eaton Counties until 12:00AM. (Details here)Though a Tornado Warning isn't issued, this storm does show some rotation inside of it. Marshall, Albion, Olivet, Springport, Leslie and Rives Junction are in line of the storm path. More storms continue to develop just north and west of this area.
UPDATED (10:35PM) - As the sun went down nearly an hour ago, the sky to the north and west were definitely showing activity. Lo and behold, as the sun goes down, round 2 begins. A Tornago Warning is in effect for Shiawassee County until 11:30PM. Papadopoulos, Durand, Bancroft, and areas east should seek shelter immediately. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for Eaton, Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties until 11:15PM. The trailing end of this storm has spawned a Tornado Warning for Kalamazoo County until 11:15PM.
UPDATED (4:10PM) - Reports from Portland continue to come in from multiple outlets. woodtv.com from Grand Rapids reported a confirmed tornado in Portland, but the National Weather Service refutes that confirmation. According to online streaming reports from wlns.com, Ionia County officials erroneously sent out a press release of a confirmed tornado touchdown in Portland. woodtv.com also reported people trapped inside the Portland Goodwill store. They have since been rescued; no injuries have been reported.
UPDATED (3:35PM) - Severe weather continues to push east through Mid-Michigan. Currently, in South Lansing, skies are clearing and the storms are east of us at WMMQ. Eastern Ingham County is still under a ST Warning until 3:45PM, Jackson County until 4:15PM. I have fielded calls from listeners in Calhoun County that are reporting trees and branches down with isolated power outages. mlive.com is reporting damage to multiple buildings in Portland, including the Rite Aid and Goodwill stores. As far as another round of storms is concerned, most meteorologists think it is likely as of now. wlns.com also reports damage in Portland and shared video.
UPDATED (3:25PM) - Jackson County is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4:15PM. (details here) We also have storm damage reports out of Ionia County of a collapsed building on E. Grand River in Portland. I'm still working on details, and will pass them on as soon as I have them.
UPDATED (3:05PM) - Add Eaton and Ingham Counties the severe Thunderstorm Warning list until 3:45PM. (details here) More storms are expected through the afternoon and evening...I will keep you posted.
UPDATED (2:45PM) - The first wave of storms held together long enough to cross Lake Michigan, leaving a few damage reports of downed trees and slight building damage to an apartment building in Kent County. But, the storm weakened in intensity as it moved towards Lansing, but the precipitation spread out. As the head of the storm passed east through Mid-Michigan around 2:00PM without much incident, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has just been issued for Ionia and Clinton Counties until 3:30PM, (details here) and Shiawassee County until 3:45 PM (details here). A second wave of storms is still expected this evening, and could pack a punch. With this current storm issued, it demonstrates the instability of the air behind the initial storm front.
Original Post (11:48AM) - It's shaping up to be a stormy Monday for Mid-Michigan. Isolated severe weather threats exist for the entire Lower Peninsula today. Storms have produced damage reports already across Iowa, with wind gusts in excess of 70 MPH reported along with large hail. I have included a button to access wunderground.com and its Wundermap. This will allow you to see radar, storm warnings, and damage reports.
Mlive.com also has their meteorologist following the storms today. According to his article, Mark Torregrossa expects the storms to reach the West Michigan shoreline around 1:00PM this afternoon. But, he also expects the storms to weaken a bit as they make their way across Lake Michigan. This means it's all about the afternoon sun. If there is enough sun energy to keep the air unstable, storms could regain their strength as they move across the mitten.
A second round of Monday storms is expected in the evening hours as well. The main threat for severe weather is damaging winds 65-75 MPH, large hail, and isolated tornadoes are also possible. As always, we will keep you up to date all day on air and online as situations warrant.