Potentially severe storms forecasted for portions of Michigan

The National Weather Service is forecasting potentially severe weather for portions of Michigan Aug. 29, 2022.

The National Weather Service is forecasting potentially severe weather for portions of Michigan Aug. 29, 2022.

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The National Weather Service is forecasting potentially severe weather for later today and this evening in portions of Michigan.

The NWS Grand Rapids office is reporting western counties such as Mason, Lake, Mecosta and Isabella could see thunderstorms with possibly severe winds today and into tonight.

In the Great Lakes Bay Region and Upper Thumb, the NWS Pontiac office report says "a marginal risk for severe weather exists during the late afternoon and evening hours, mainly between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m."

During that time the NWS said conditions will be favorable for isolated storms which could produce wind gusts up to 60 mph.

"Storms will also capable of producing small hail and locally heavy rainfall," the advisory reads. "Pockets of heavier rainfall may linger into tonight, bringing the possibility for localized urban and small stream flooding. Storms will track to the east at 35 mph."

Power utilities are preparing for the strong weather. Consumers Energy sent out a press release announcing it expects potential damage along the Lake Michigan lakeshore, Grand Rapids and portions of the state south of I-96.

"Some of these strong thunderstorms may include heavy rain and winds up to 65 mph, resulting in power outages, downed wires and other safety hazards," the Consumers Energy release reads. "The Consumers Energy Restoration Team has been monitoring this developing storm since it appeared in the forecast and is ready to respond. Crews are being pre-staged in areas where we expect the greatest damage and are preparing trucks and essential materials needed to assist with any restoration efforts."

Consumers Energy said there are steps people can take in preparation for severe weather.

Some preparation tips for potential severe weather include:

  • Charge all electronic devices. It’s advised to have an emergency battery or charging station available for use during an outage.
  • Have an emergency kit that includes flashlights and extra batteries, water, canned food and blankets. Be prepared with enough medication, baby supplies and pet food if applicable. A battery-operated radio is also a good idea.
  • Unplug sensitive electronics like TVs, computers and printers. Turn power strips off.

Consumers Energy also urges the public to keep these important storm safety tips in mind:

  • Stay at least 25 feet away from downed wires, keep children or pets away, and report the issue by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050. Consumers Energy asks the public to keep at least six feet of distance from its crews.
  • A portable generator should be placed at least 25 feet away from any doors, windows or fresh air intakes. Never operate a generator inside your home, garage, basement or enclosed area. Proper ventilation is critical.
  • Be alert to crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.

DTE Energy customers can call 800-477-4747 to report a power outage.