Severe Thunderstorm Watch for 80 mph winds, a tornado, 2-inch hail

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight for much of southwest and south-central Lower Michigan.

Here are the counties in the Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

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Severe thunderstorm watch in blue until midnight.

The watch does not officially cover Kent County and Grand Rapids. It also doesn’t cover Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Here are the details from the Storm Prediction Center:

“The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Northern Indiana, Southwest Lower Michigan, Northwest Ohio and Lake Michigan

* Effective this Monday afternoon and evening from 520 PM until 1100 PM CDT.

* Primary threats include… Widespread damaging winds and isolated significant gusts to 80 mph likely. Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible. A tornado or two possible.

SUMMARY: A cluster of severe storms over southern Lake Michigan will likely maintain intensity and could grow upscale into a bowing cluster over the next few hours while moving into southwest Lower Michigan, and eventually northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. These storms will have the potential to produce swaths of significant severe outflow gusts of at least 80 mph, along with large hail of 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. A secondary threat will be the potential for an isolated tornado or two with embedded circulations.

Make sure to stay near sturdy buildings this evening as the severe storms develop.”

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