Severe Weather Ends

June 12th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

WW0300 RADAR Thumbnail Image    Flash Flood Warning until 5 AM.   Numerous reports of wind damage across Van Buren, S. Allegan, S. Barry, N. Kalamazoo, N. Calhoun, Eaton and Ingham Counties.  Gust to 74 mph at the S. Haven Beach.  There were trees and wires down east of Grand Haven.  Power poles snapped and a tree on a school north of Kalamazoo.  +4″ of rain at Middleville with significant flooding from E. Allegan into Barry, Eaton, Ingham, SE Kent, S. Ionia Counties.  1″ hail at Coldwater.   Measured 80 mph winds and 1″ hail at the south end of Lake Michigan at Griffith IN.  Roof off house there.  Here’s a summary of severe storm reports from W. Michigan, N. Indiana (inc. Michigan Counties that border Indiana and NW Ohio), NE Illinois and SE Wisconsin.

Tornado on the ground at Belmond IATornadoes and golfball-sized hail west of Chicago at Aurora, Rockford, Oswego and Naperville.  Gust to 65 mph at Sandwich, IL, 69 mph at Liston IL and 70 mph at Yorkville IL.  Gusts to 52 at NWS at Romeoville IL.  This line tracks to Berrien around 8:15 PM.  Golfball-sized hail in Pulaski Co., Indiana.   Video of Illinois tornado.   SHABBONA LAKE STATE PARK (Illinois)  BOATS TOSSED ONTO BOATS. LARGE TREES SNAPPED AT TRUNK OR UPROOTED. POWER POLES DOWN NEAR STATE PARK OFFICE.  Tornado pics. and video from Iowa.  Valparaiso IN – 60 mph winds for five minutes.


734 Responses to “Severe Weather Ends”

  1. Sara (Grandville) says:

    Hi all…I’ve never posted on the blog but have been following it for years. Avid weather freak lol. Just wanted to say I think it’s extremely frustrating and unnecessary to constantly rag on Fixxxer. Let’s use the blog for what it’s intended for. I don’t think Bill would appreciate the childish behavior. :)

  2. SP (in Kzoo) says:

    I’m not sure what happened down here. It was just rain/20mph wind while that cell in Allegan/Barry went through, but according to county dispatch we have wires down in numerous places, the scanner feed was crazy….I swear it was just raining.

  3. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    I’ve had multiple people text me/Facebook me that Martin is pretty much impassible in areas. There are trees down EVERYWHERE, including right in the town of Martin. The rain is finally letting up here, I’m going to go check the rain gauge and look to see if we have any trees down near us and will give another report in a few minutes.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      That line is going to be responsible for a long track of damage.

  4. GunLakeDeb says:

    OK – I’m drenched – but upon inspoection, the boat can’t be moved without strong men and a few of them at that! It will just have to stay where it is, beating itself to death on our seawall. I’m taking the dogs out so I can go to bed – FINALLY the wind and rain have let up. This was NOT a fun storm. Praising God and Consumer’s Energy that our power stayed on through all that.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Good luck again. Glad the power is on.

  5. WickedTwister says:

    Up to 3.5 inches here 108th and Patterson! I’m thinking some farmers are going to have to do some replant

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I had 3″ here at Patterson and 124th/Allegan County Park; and that fell between 10:45 and 11:45 PM. A quick scan of the lake with binoculars shows minimal damage to boats/docks etc. The quick rise in lake levels due to 3″ of rain in one hour caught my neighbor off-guard – his pontoon floated off the boat lift and went for a ride, but he recovered it unscathed once the sun came up. Mine is secured – will untangle the mess this afternoon.

      The good news: the swarm of bees who decided to hang out in my maple tree and terrorize us yesterday – are long gone….LOL!!

      1. Judy says:

        Actually you should be grateful that there was a swarm of bees on your property. And if you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. The bees are having a rough go of it, and bee populations are way down. Remember….fruit, veggies, and flowers need bees (with few exceptions). A friend of mine had 22 hives last fall, and only 3 survived through the winter.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Judy – they’re back!! Does your bee-keeping friend want another bunch? Mine would be easy to catch (assuming one has the proper equipment). I know they’re valuable critters – but both my neighbors are deathly allergic to bee stings and these guys need to find a better home.

  6. fixxxer says:

    Its no better for the farmers this year.

    1. fixxxer. says:

      You have no idea what’s good for the farmers. Why do you pretend to know so much about everything? I’m actually embarrassed for you.

      1. Skot says:

        Looks to me you responded to yourself!!!

        1. Skot says:

          The “VOICE of Reason” I am.

        2. fixxxer. says:

          Hahahahaha! I can’t help myself! I’m THAT ignorant!

        3. Skot says:

          Again… responded to yourself.

        4. fixxxer. says:

          No I didn’t…oh wait…argh. Time for bed.

        5. AlleganJoe says:

          …LOL…I agree Skot….that was “Funny!! LOL

  7. tinainvbcounty says:

    Crying wolf????? I’m here with a tree leaning …actually its folded in half.on porch, part of my 139 year old barn roof down, no power, no screens left in windows of house, and no power and that is just what I can see in dark. Neighbors horse is gone, and we had. no warning!!!!!!!!!!! Other than the sound of a freight train that got ne screaming to kids to get to basement NOW. Neighbors hit too…..trees uprooted , small animal pens,etc. Taken down. Can already hear a chsinsaw

    1. tinainvbcounty says:

      Cr 388 between gobles and Kendall. Found neighbors horse, scared but ok.

      1. Judy says:

        I guess you’re where the tornado was spotted that led to Allegan county having a tornado warning. Glad to hear that everyone is OK and that the horse was found and is also OK. Hope Shamrock Hills GC didn’t get hit hard….although there are a couple of trees that I wouldn’t miss (LOL). Just missed seeing TV8′s coverage in Gobles this morning. We seemed to have had a lot of rain southeast of Fennville….not sure how much (I’ll find out from a friend who lives close). Debris in the roads all over. Saw a few trees down, including one in Otsego, which had powerlines underneath (probably what caused the power outage on the west side).

  8. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    2.03″ in the rain gauge and it’s still raining. That puts us up to 3.73″ so far this week, and around 10″ in the past 3 weeks. We currently have a lake in our yard. There are a ton of branches down around the yard and in the road, but I couldn’t see any trees down with my flashlight.

    1. WickedTwister says:

      Know the feeling we got a river flowing thought our yard and my garden is submerged in almost a foot of water that’s coming from the corn fields

      1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

        Our driveway is washed out. And speaking of gardens, our tomato plants are all broke over, and I’m sure the garden that I planted at my grandparents in Gun Lake is badly damaged as well.

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        Before you go wading through that water – just remember that it’s Summer and the corn fields were freshly fertilized before planting. The E-coli levels are probably pretty high…. I tested a local creek/drain after the last heavy rain, and the E-coli levels were 9 times higher than the “safe” limit of 300/100ml…..

  9. tinainvbcounty says:

    Whether or not it showed up on your radar or not, something big blew through and moretan one of us heard a sound of a freight train. Getting reports of damage via facebook friends too from Bangor to Grand Junction, thru Bloomingdale to Kendall. Branches in roadway on cr388….

    1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      My folks just talked to a gentleman at the shell gas station in Hartford. He said his house in Covert is leveled. Not sure how credible he is, but its what they heard.

    2. Cort S. says:

      Sounds like a widespread straight-line wind event. Lots of power outages all over Van Buren county as that storm ramped up quickly and dumped a massive downburst of rain and wind.

      1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

        Yup, I was watching radar 10 minutes before it hit, not a whole lot on there. Went outside to see what was going on, 10-15 minutes later it got crazy.

      2. kalamazooguy says:

        The winds picked up very quickly and remained for quite awhile just ahead of the thundertorm as it moved into Kalamazoo. Lots of branches and trees down all over the place just south of the City and even worse north. Definitely straight line.

    3. tinainvbcounty says:

      Hole in roof of building downtown Gobles from credible source across from shell. Two friends have elected to stay where they were because downed branches and power lines too…. Is this weather done yet…I can see lightning again in the distance….

      1. Cort S. says:

        Yes, the rough weather is over for Van Buren county. The lightning you see is from storms near South Bend. There’s nothing significant on radar that’s threatening you now.

        1. tinainvbcounty says:

          Thanks Cort. Gonna be a long few days of clean up here. I want a little sleep tonight!

  10. fixxxer. says:

    All – fixxxer and fixxxer. wish to apologize for subjecting this forum to ignorance and absurdity tonight. I can’t help myself. I was born into a life of hardship and have grown accustomed to snow plowing as an outlet for my frustrations. I will seek help very soon.

    1. Skot says:

      To the guy whom stole fixxers name.
      + 1,000,000,000,000

  11. Brad (Lawrence) says:

    Power out here in Lawrence. Pretty much only way in or out is I94. Trees down everywhere. This storm hit hard and fast. This message sent via Motorola Droid Razr Max HD.

    1. Skot says:

      I m sorry Brad. Maybe you can pass on info as to the inside of it we all could use.

      1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

        Got the generator going. Looks like were sleeping in the nice new camper tonight. :)

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

    Interesting. All tornado watches nationwide are gone.
    That line of storms looks pretty nasty to me. Glad it’s leaving Michigan.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Yeah, that line of storms in Ohio/Indiana is finally taking on some derecho-esque qualities.

  13. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Looks like a derecho down in OH/IN…they weren’t kidding.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Took a while to organize, but yeah, it’s finally happening. This stuff in Michigan was a weird secondary event to the north of the main event, which is strange and it doesn’t usually happen exactly like that. This whole storm system from Iowa to Michigan was one giant clusterbomb of water from the sky. Just incredible to watch.

      1. Skot says:

        I agree Cort-ski. The clouds above Marne this afternoon looked like a “Higher” Power was there. High “Crunched ” up clouds. Something was a brewin”.

  14. Troy M says:

    Rode out the storm in South Haven behind the News 8 van. Very strong winds and lots of trees/limbs/power lines down all the way back to Kalamazoo on M-43.

  15. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Tornado warning north Columbus OH

  16. Amie says:

    I live near Glendale in van buren county and a tree fell on my house just after 11 pm

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  18. Ben (Charlotte MI) says:

    Wish I had a rain gauge. Major amounts of standing water around here. Roads covered in water that I have never seen come remotely close to flooding before.

  19. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Not many spotter reports of damage other than heavy rain and flooding.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      It just surprises me, there were some strong straight line winds last night.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      I have to admit – I was surprised at how little damage was done in this area, outside of the usual small tree branches down/torn boat covers/tipped-over signs, etc. On the other hand – I only live a mile from work. It’s not like I drive very far….LOL!

  20. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Saw Novi got 1″ hail and 60mph winds. Other than that, just regular soaking thunderstorms for most of us.

    I’m now back to completely average temps so far for June with a warm up on the way.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Do you think it is weird, like I do, that the Flint airport runs consistently above every other station around in relation to the average? Strange.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Not all the time but a lot of the time, you’re right.

        My guess would be that the averages are much lower for Flint – making comparables easier. Historically, maybe Flint had a greater difference in temps between it and other southern stations. But anymore, it seems like it gets right around the same temps as Detroit.

        If it’s not in the averages, then it has to be with the measuring device itself, and I’d highly doubt that coming from an official NWS station.

  21. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Grand Rapids area bloggers: Thanks for sending your bubble to the I-94 corridor last night. Here is what I observed at my home: No lightning bolts, a couple rumbles of thunder, and a paltry .25″ of rain. The biggest impact to us was the wind which snapped some trees and branches in my area. I watched my deck furniture (6 chairs/table/umbrella) blow across my deck. Otherwise, what a huge disappointment. Look at storm total rainfall, a black hole from Benton Harbor/South Haven east to near Jackson.

    1. John says:

      Amen to that. As I recall, some were saying earlier in the day that us folks along I-94 ought to be ready for a tornado warning. That line of storms coming off the lake looked like it was ready to track right along 94- and fell apart the moment it hit land. Figures.

  22. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Large tree branches down and driveway washed out pretty bad this time. That was some freaky wind last night. At one point, I got up and went to the basement. Haven’t heard wind that fierce in a long time. Haven’t been outside yet but hoping my siding is still all on the house.

    1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

      I did the same thing Red, went down to the basement for 10 minutes or so when the wind was so loud and scary, the worst I’ve experienced in several years.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Red and Brenda – glad to hear I wasn’t the only one taking shelter from that!!! I was flabbergasted this morning, to see so little “storm debris” or damage – it felt like one of the worst storms I’ve ever experienced at Gun Lake (and we’ve had some doozies!)

        I had been looking at Intellicast radar, and saw purple in the cell that was rotating near Martin – went to Bill’s Blog, and a few other posters had noticed a TVS; so I cleared out the shelter, went back in the house and checked my computer – STILL no tornado warning; but more posters remarking on that cell. The wind was shrieking and making a low roar at the same time – and that’s when we hit the shelter. When we emerged 15 minutes later – THAT’s when I saw that they had warned it.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          I just went back and read my comments just prior to the first dash to the shelter – I typed “yes!” to Russ C at 10:42 and that was on my way to the shelter after trying to spot anything tornadic in the wind/lightning. At one point, the wind died down a tiny bit, so I ran back into the house to check the radar; then the wind kicked in and I brought the computer out to the shelter and that post was time-stamped 11:08. We didn’t go back into the house until 11:23! We had incredibly high winds and extreme rain (and some hail) that came from 3 different directions for over 40 minutes – now that’s intense!

  23. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

    ….. 2.91″ rain here in the state game area… outages, no trees across the driveway….rain soaked into the sand nicely…

  24. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Look at the rise of the Grand River in Lansing, crazy!!!

  25. cliff(kzoo) says:

    well just from that one cell that popped up around Vicksburg that hit scotts we got 1.70 inches in 20 minutes I would say. Ended up with 2 inches all together, no power and trees still across the road, funny thing is we had no thunderstorm warning. That’s when we usually get hit.

  26. Cort S. says:

    SPC’s high risk verification, with storm reports overlaid onto the map:

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Well done, SPC/NWS.

  27. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Marshall lucked out. Only about a quarter inch of rain. Little in the way of lightning and no wind.

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