Tornado Warnings/Severe T-Storm Watch

May 28th, 2013 at 11:02 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

WW0236 RADAR Thumbnail Image   Here’s video of one of the Flint area Tornadoes (electric flash around 1:39 into the video).   More pictures here and hereDamage video here.  Schools are closed today (Weds.) in Byron, Beecher and Goodrich.   From Tues. Evening/Night:  MAJOR DAMAGE REPORTED AT MPC CASHWAY LUMBER YARD IN DELTA TOWNSHIP (just WNW of Lansing). SEMI TRUCK ROLLED OVER.   A funnel cloud was reported NW of Battle Creek by the Fire Dept.  No confirmed tornadoes in SW Michigan as I write this early Weds. AM.  Trees down near Bath  in Clinton Co. and Dansville in Ingham Co.  Hail fell in Eaton Rapids.   Numerous large tree limbs down in Berrien Co.   Spotters report torrential rain in S. Barry Co. and power outages in Cooper, Bedford, Johnstown and Assyria Townships.  Flood Advisories continue for Ingham, Clinton and Ionia Counties.  Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, SE Michigan, Indiana border counties down into N. Indiana (gusts to 62 mph at S. Bend and 64 mph at Mishawaka IN). Rainfall:  2.58″ Lansing, 2.24″ Entrican (Montcalm Co.), 1.48″ Big Rapids, 1.68″ Alma.

It looks like there have been at least  3 tornado reports…from Goodrich (significant damage), 4 miles north of Flint and east of Grand Blanc. Damage reports: “HOMES DESTROYED ON HEGEL ROAD. PEOPLE REPORTED TRAPPED IN HOMES. TREES AND WIRES DOWNED ON EAST HEGEL. UNABLE TO GO NORTH TOWARDS ATLAS DUE TO TREES AND WIRES DOWN. PEOPLE REPORTED TRAPPED IN HIGH SCHOOLBAR COLLAPSED,PEOPLE TRAPPED, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ON SCENE.  DEBRIS ON M15 BETWEEN GREEN AND KIPP ROADS. HOUSE LEVELED ON SOUTH JENNINGS ROAD, 5 MILES SE SWARTZ CREEK. OVER A DOZEN TREES DOWNED ACROSS A QUARTER MILE STRETCH OF BALDWIN ROAD JUST WEST OF FENTON ROAD. POSSIBLE TORNADO DAMAGE, 5 MILES WSW GRAND BLANC.”  Here’s a map of the area around Goodrich hit by the tornado this evening.  Goodrich is southeast of Flint.  Severe T-Storm Warnings for Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties until midnight.  Comments from  WJRT facebook:  “Byron got hit, my son called and told me lots of trees down after freight train ear popping sounds, no power, he says it was real bad!”   “York & Harvard…Trees down …lines down…no power…Her neighbor can’t get out the front door!”  “…trees down people trapped command center at the Church at Carpenter and Saginaw.”  “In Goodrich- My friend went up to the schools, Oaktree and the Middle School have debris and the football field’s soccer nets are gone and the high school is fine. There is a house across from the middle school that got hit bad”  “there are down power lines by the high school but no severe damage.” “I live in Lake Fenton and they have that area blocked off.”  “…a tornado did hit Thompson road and other areas…my friends family lost their home.”  “In Grand Blanc / Gaines there is some very significant damage. All but a few structures are still standing but exterior walls are collapsed and garage blown away on at least one home. Roofs torn off on several others. Vinyl siding wrapped around trees and poles, 1.5 ft thick tree limbs snapped off and deposited 40 ft away on top of a willow tree, debris scattered in all directions…”

Check out this video from Sean Casey from a Monday twister in KS.  and Reed Timmer chases down a monster twister near Salina KS.

83 Responses to “Tornado Warnings/Severe T-Storm Watch”

  1. fixxxer says:

    Hey bill why dont you explain how it seems gr misses out on all of this? Did the pope bless this particualr area or what? I can virtually see the bubble on the radar.

    1. Skot says:

      fix ol’ buddy. I’m with you on that one.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      We didn’t always miss storms. Kent/Ottawa sure got the ’56, ’65 and ’67 tornadoes and the derechos of ’91 and ’98. We are often downwind from the fattest part of Lake Michigan, so the cooler air from off the lake makes surface air more stable and less apt to shoot upward if the storms are surface-based. But, we’ll get big storms again.

  2. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Tornado warning for Kalamazoo county!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Boy did the nws screw themeselves today.

  3. fixxxer says:

    I can hear the thunder here from those storms.

  4. Crayfish (Sparta) says:

    How many tornado warnings does the NWS have to issue before they consider issuing a watch?

  5. fixxxer says:

    Wow i can see the hook in kalamazoo. Whats the nws problem tonight. People need to be fired.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Well, they are issuing warnings, which is really the most important thing. Watches are nice to have, but they don’t serve as more than an advance-notice “heads up.” Hindsight is always 20/20 also.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Sorry cort but many of us think they dropped the ball today.

        Also how the heck is gr not getting anything? Its like were protected here. I can see it on the radar.

        1. Cort S. says:

          I think they feel like they could have issued a watch too. But again, sometimes the atmosphere beats your expectations, and sometimes it doesn’t… especially in Michigan.

          Why do you need so much attention and personal validation about this bubble business? I’ve talked about this with you before, last year. I even acknowledged how much bad luck GR has had lately, especially in all of 2012. Stop being such a broken record. It’s boring when you post about this 20 times in 3 hours.

        2. goblue says:

          FYI it is not up to the NWS to issue watches, the Storm Prediction Center does that. The NWS is only responsible for issuing warnings, which they’re doing.

        3. fixxxer says:

          I dont need any validation. I want an explaination. I think you and bill cant explain it. Hell swatz sees it to. No storms, 7+ months of snow and below average springs makes me hate it here even more. Is that a good enough explaination for you?

        4. Cort S. says:

          I feel like you don’t ever listen to me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

          1. Our current scientific understanding does not officially have an explanation for the bubble, if one does in fact exist. That’s why Bill and I can’t help you out.

          2. Yes, Lake Michigan is involved in decreasing West Michigan’s chances sometimes (when the storms are surface-based), but it seems areas north and south of Kent County have been doing relatively okay with exciting storms. So that can’t fully explain it.

          3. I’ll grant you that Kent County had TONS of bad luck in 2012. Storms really did split up and go around you each time. I can’t chalk that up to anything other than bad luck.

          4. There is some element of perception involved in this bubble theory. I call it “grass is always greener on the other side.”

        5. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Cort, you’re wasting your time with him. However, the rest of us appreciate the info/data you bring to the blog.

      2. Holly says:

        I don’t understand why the NWS didn’t issue a tornado warning for the far northern areas of Oakland County. Baldwin Road is about a mile north of the Genesee/Oakland County border. I was out driving, oblivious to the potential danger, because I thought the only storm of concern was north of Flint, not within 5 miles of where I was. No sirens blared.

        Additionally, some of the damage was west of Grand Blanc, not just east.

        1. Cort S. says:

          There were two tornado warnings during the time in question. One was for rotation and a possible tornado north of Flint. The other one was for southern Genesee County due to rotation and a likely tornado south of Flint. That tornado went NE to Grand Blanc, where it died, and a new tornado spun up near Goodrich. The rotation did not go into Oakland County.

        2. Holly says:

          I wasn’t able to reply directly to your comment Cort, so I’m replying to myself. I have waited until I could read the NWS report on the tornadoes and learn their paths. The tornado that ended by Torrey Road just North of Ray Road was a few hundred feet short of being in Holly Township in Oakland County. Certainly, the rotation from that cell was also over the northernmost portion of Oakland County and a severe thunderstorm warning, as a minimum, should have been issued for the area! I’m a bit sensitive on the subject because when the Fenton-Holly tornado took place some years ago, the tornado sirens didn’t sound until we could hear the tornado although I’d been following the storm across the state from Lansing. We learned latter that until a mini uproar about that incident changed policy, Oakland County didn’t used to sound the alarms until the tornado was actually on the ground in Oakland County. That policy didn’t give people in the far west of the county any time to react.

  6. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Sirens went off briefly in Marshall.

  7. tinainvbcounty says:

    Wow….where’s the watches in these….

  8. Art (Battle Creek) says:

    Lots of lightning and rain here. Sirens went off, but it looks like it is going to the north.

  9. fixxxer says:

    Is kyle nuts? He says the tornado chances are still slim.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Well, these storms are currently quite disorganized and the rotation couplet that the warning was based on has weakened considerably. Certainly doesn’t look as healthy as the storms cells in SE Michigan.

  10. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I think that’s 5 or 6 separate tornado warnings now for Lower MI tonight. And at least 3 confirmed tornadoes.

    A night to remember, or not. Hope everyone is safe.

    1. Crayfish (Sparta) says:

      I counted 8

  11. Brad (Lawrence) says:

    There is some storms out over the lake forming that are headed for GR.

  12. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Six of the last 13 posts have been made by Fizzzer. Have you nothing better to do?

    1. fixxxer says:

      Why do you even care? But its ok when indy does it.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Because you annoy EVERYONE. You provide nothing of substance to this blog. Mission accomplished, Fizzz. Everyone is fully aware of how miserable you are. We don’t want to hear about it anymore. I really wish you were a man of your word and stayed away like you said you would.

        1. fixxxer says:

          Then im doing a good job. The only one that seems annoyed is you. If you dont like it leave.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          You cannot be that ignorant, or can you?

          Why must you hijack the blog with incessant whining and complaining? I really would like to know.

        3. Cort S. says:

          “If you dont like it leave.”

          Lamest thing that anyone can ever say in a public forum. Usually it’s the 13 year olds that use that phrase.

        4. INDY says:

          lololol ..More candy please!! INDYY..

        5. tk says:

          Fixxer, Mark is annoyed, Cort is annoyed and so am I. You are a simple and very unpleasant sad sack. Anyone else bothered by this whiner? If you really do have kids fixxer, they are doomed.

      2. Janet K says:

        Fixxer…if you want the bad weather move to Missouri or south. We don’t need the bad weather just because you want it. I’m grateful to God that he didn’t send it to us. Thank you.

  13. fixxxer says:

    All that activity has weakened west of us. Until next fail folks.

  14. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    This map sez it all. NWS failed miserably tonight.
    One little red square in the middle of no watches:

  15. Dan (Holland) says:

    Do I see a derecho forming along the border?

    1. Steven says:

      There was no derecho… has to be much more widespread and persistent than what was around. The atmosphere didn’t support the forming of one anyway.

  16. fixxxer says:

    Bingo tom.

  17. jason says:

    Frequent lightning, heavy rain, thunder

  18. INDY says:

    Bill can’t find anymore candy for fixxer sold out tonight!!! INDYY..

    1. Jack says:

      Roflmao..Indy….If bills outta candy, we need to throw the Kid, a Rock ! Or Bone, or A CCCUUUEEE….. Stay cued.. READY!!

  19. INDY says:

    Getting some storms just to the west of Grand Rapids have to watch them for some spins!!! INDYY..

  20. INDY says:

    Ottwawa county getting crazzy stay tuned maybe a thunder storm warning in time now1!! INDYY..

  21. Mike Geukes says:

    1046 PM CDT TUE MAY 28 2013



    VALID 290346Z – 290515Z




    ..GOSS.. 05/29/2013

  22. INDY says:

    Blogers in Kent county stay tuned….INDYY

  23. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Storms are done for the night here. I always hate to sound like a negative nancy :(

  24. fixxxerswrist says:

    i for one am ready for bed no fireworks tonight once again FAIL now master is grabbing me he is watching those videos with the girls kissing again.

    1. INDY says:


    2. Jack says:

      Lolol….Broken wrist…… ;-)

      1. fixxxer says:

        3 pods in a pod.

        1. fixxxer says:

          *peas in a pod.

  25. fixxxer says:

    Lmao…listen to kyle trying to cover the nws butts tonight. Pathetic.

  26. INDY says:

    Well Fixxer wrong again we have storms in Grand Rapids Michigan…..U need a nother BLOW pop young man!!! INDYY…

    1. fixxxer says:

      Do any of them seek strong or severe to you cartboy? Go take your 10 names of shame and hit the road. Jack. Cue that…

  27. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Tornado siren only went off for a few mins here…amazing lightning show set off one of my GFI outlets, was so intense I almost lost my hearing!!! Another 1.15″ of rain so far for a total 24 hour rainfall of 2.30″ so far!

  28. Benjamin (Kalamazoo) says:

    Sirens went off for a few minutes here. I was taking shelter, so sorry I can’t give a good severe weather report. I do remember it pouring rain like a waterfall before the warning.

    Just gusty wind now and some rain. And some lightning here and there.

  29. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    WOW what a fricken teaser!!! I hear thunder and see lightning all around me, like W-NW of me bone dry and still air here.

    1. Jack says:

      Woke last 2 the Sound of Thunder …How far off I sat and Wondered…. ;-)

  30. fixxxer says:

    Oh l@@k the famous gust front that indicates the storms are dying. Seems we get the leftover scraps here anymore. Great storm, crazy stuff here in gr right indy?

    1. Jeff (Richland) says:

      Go to bed

  31. Stacsh says:

    Weather forecasting is difficult for weather personalities on tv. They just relay what real forecasters determine from shoddy computer models. No one forecasts from their gut.

  32. Zach says:

    Reported funnel cloud/possible tornado video in Kalamazoo earlier…. not sure of the authenticity.

    I did see a lowering but it was not that organized in this general area….

    1. Benjamin (Kalamazoo) says:

      Dear lord. That is right near where I live…

  33. Zach says:

    Regarding Goodrich I stayed on Burpee Road just one road north of the high school with my grandparents during my parents divorce…. sad story… happily all my family was safe

  34. Marti B (Grandville area) says:

    I’m happy as a clam…..lots of thunder boomers passed my way today and tonight… I live near the Rivertown mall in Grandville. :)

  35. kalamazooguy says:

    I can confirm that there were some branches down in the Milwood neighborhood in Kalamazoo. as was reported to the NWS. Just had to drive around a branch in the road not too long ago.

  36. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Hey Zach: I did a screen capture from your video – odd looking cloud, but I agree, it ‘does’ have a funnel shape. Take a look:

    1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

      and btw, anyone who wants to use this photo, be my guest.

      1. Zach says:

        not my video… just found it on facebook….

        as i said… not sure of the authenticity

  37. Mike (Mason) says:

    The storm that produced the damage to MPC Cashway Lumber near Lansing went right over the airport. The whole storm seemed to be spinning and it had quite a few funnel clouds as it went by to the north of the runway.

  38. Keith Haley says:

    Why didn’t NWS issue a watch … the conditions seem right or does that honor comes from Norman, OK

    I was expecting a watch etc … but nothing happened. I was looking at all my weather instrument and I thought one might or would be issued. Just was wondering why ?

    1. Travis kzoo says:

      they just had a off day. it looked like it was going to be a quiet night till those storms started to pop. next time i think they will be on there game

  39. Benjamin (Kalamazoo) says:

    Regarding the video/picture. If that was taken facing west, and that funnel is situated north west, that would fall in line with reports of strong rotation coming from the north west, headed north east.

    1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

      I took that from his Facebook page. In the thread, he said he was looking North/Northwest(about 330 degrees).

  40. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Good morning, bloggers! I work on the westside of town. I’m going to swing by MPC and check it out. It’s about five miles from my mom’s. One of the DeWitt Township sirens is right across the street from mom’s. When that thing gets cranked up, you would be amazed how fast a 70-year old lady can make it to the basement.

    1. Mike (Mason) says: Video of the tornado touching down on the airport property. No sirens sounded.

  41. Dan says:

    fixxxer: I am so tired of your constant complaining. It is almost as if you hold Bill, Cort and a few others responsible for the weather. You come across on the blog like you are a spoiled brat! Why do you consistently keep referring to the bubble and why is that you will not listen to anybody else? Cort has had many conversations with you! I’m pretty sure Bill has also! Bill and Cort are meteorologists! They have given you more than adequate explanations to your constant whining! You continually ask the same questions and you criticize me for asking questions on this blog. You need to grow up a bit and “face the music” some!

  42. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    Pretty decent show around here last night. Watched a weak area of rotation over central Kalamazoo Co on radar. I hopped in my truck and headed for W.K. Kellogg airport. Upon arriving the NWS issued a tornado warning for eastern kalamazoo, NW Calhoun and southwest Barry counties. As lightning lit up the sky to the west I noted a wall cloud at 280 degrees WNW. I continued watching and saw a large wedge what looked to be close to the ground at 300 degrees. Again, I could only see what lightning would show me. The final flash of lightning before I left to report revealed a definitive funnel cloud at 305 degrees NW with radar showing moderate rotation over M-89.

    Shortly after, someone turned the “storm” switch off over SW Michigan and nearly all the convection went sub severe to rain.

  43. Judy says:

    I couldn’t believe all the lightning that was showing on the radar last night in the two areas that had heavy activity….over 15K strikes recorded at one point. Everything stayed to the south of us (Allegan-Fennville). I still unplugged the computer just to be safe.

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