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Drier and Mild Thursday; Severe Storms Possible Friday

Clouds and drizzle will linger early tonight, before some clearing takes place toward daybreak. Most of Thursday will be dry and warmer with highs well into the 70s. A chance of showers will be possible Thu night/Fri morning, and again Fri afternoon/evening. Temperatures are expected to warm well into the 80s on Friday. Read More >

Tuesday afternoon and evening saw a line of thunderstorms moving across Southwest Lower Michigan. Parts of Grand Rapids, especially Kentwood and East Grand Rapids, had numerous tree branches and several trees knocked down by the strong winds. Strong winds can be seen approaching the radar on the right side of the animation below. Rain was intense but brief with many locations reporting an inch or more in half an hour or less.

500 PM Grand Rapids radar storm echoes (left) and winds (right)

Shortly after 8 PM, the line of storms reached the city of Jackson and produced extensive power outages on the west side due to numerous tree limbs coming down on power lines. A large tree also fell on a vehicle and briefly trapped a woman and her young child.

800 PM Detroit radar view of Storms over Jackson