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Showers and Thunderstorms Through This Evening

Temperatures will be cooler today, with highs staying in the 80s. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible through this evening. These storms will contain heavy downpours in addition to lightning and gusty winds. Read More >

September 11th, 2019: High Winds Strike Greater Grand Rapids Area

Radar loop from 4:00 to 9:30 PM 9/11/2019. Note the line of storms that went through Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the most concentrated damage was reported. 

During the afternoon and evening hours of September 11th, strong to severe storms moved across western Lower Michigan. A ~50 mile swath of damage occurred from Walker to Lake Odessa with uprooted and snapped trees and numerous power outages due to estimated 65 to 80 MPH winds. A more concentrated area of damage was found in Grand Rapids especially east of US-131, where wind gusts locally approached 100 mph.  Along the entire swath, there was little evidence lofted debris which would be typical of tornadoes, though brief swirls likely occurred in the swath.


Earlier in the day, hail as large as ping pong balls (1.5" in diameter) and scattered wind damage was also reported, especially across Newaygo and Montcalm counties.


Finally, the storms provided much needed rainfall with swaths 1-2" across western Lower Michigan. 


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