Just before 2:00 PM Thursday afternoon, The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a Special Weather Statement for South Central Lower Michigan, including Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Jackson Counties.

Meteorologists are tracking, what they called at the time, a narrow line of showers on Doppler Radar along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The shower line extends from Manistee to South Haven. But, NWS expects these storms to intensify as they move across the mitten this afternoon. The showers are moving southeast at 15 miles per hour. If the storm intensifies, it is expected to do so east of U.S.-131 after 3:00 PM

Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible this afternoon and evening in the path of these storms.

At 2:25 PM, as this post is drafted, skies over Lansing appear to show breaking clouds. The more sunlight we see, the chances of strong to severe weather increase.

Earilier Thursday, NWS extended its area of increased threat further north in Michigan as well.