Watch ends – More Chances for Storms

June 24th, 2013 at 7:21 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

WW0358 RADAR Thumbnail Image  Nearly 50,000 customers without power in far S. Michigan and N. Indiana Monday evening.   Indiana-Michigan Power reported 1,221 customers without power in Cass Co., 1570 in Berrien Co. and 342 customers in their area of St. Joseph Co. Michigan.  Fire Depts. in Sturgis, White Pigeon and Constantine report they are responding to numerous calls about downed trees and wires.  Gust to 50 mph 10 miles south of Coldwater.   There were over 21,000 customers in the St. Joseph Co. Indiana (S. Bend).  St. Joseph County Central Dispatch reports much of the county is without power.  Gust to 60 mph at Mendon.  Consumers Energy power outage map showed 2 areas without power in St. Joseph Co. – including a large area east of Centreville.     Last report gust to 63 mph at Fort Wayne IN.    Winds only got to 32 mph at the S. Haven Beach, 67 mph at the airport at S. Bend.  Lots of branches down in S. Bend around Notre Dame – Route 2 was completely blocked.    Gust to 42 mph Boardwalk, St. Joseph  79 mph wind at Burns Harbor Indiana and 73 mph at Michigan City IN, 72 mph at Gary IN,  71 mph Mt. Ayr IN with one injury and at least one trapped.   60 mph Mishawaka.   Strong winds in La Porte Co. IN. with damage reported. G 58 at Valparaiso.  The watch is Ottawa, Kent, Ionia and Clinton Counties to the south – greatest threat for strong wind south of I-94.    Rip current danger increasing for the south end of Lake Michigan.   Look at the Storm Reports – they are aimed right along the MI – IN border.  The strongest winds on the leading edge of the bow echo should move along I-80.  .  The Chicago Crib – the water intake 3 miles east of downtown Chicago had a gust to at least 61.16 knots ( 70 mph).  Use the links in the thread below.

61 Responses to “Watch ends – More Chances for Storms”

  1. Dan says:

    Are we to far north or will we get some of this?

  2. Dan says:


  3. Crayfish (Sparta) says:

    It will most likely all go south of Kent County.

    1. julio says:

      To far north

  4. Cliff (Scotts) says:

    Where do you live Dan? You never know more could develop to the north but as of right now it’s more of a I-96 south event

  5. Jeff (Portland) says:

    yea, best chance south of interstate 96.. KAZOO/BC

  6. Jeff (Portland) says:

    storms are developing over me now though..

  7. Dan says:

    Oh, I live near 84th street and 131. (South Eastern Kent County)

  8. Dan says:

    Look at that radar! It just blew up with activity. South west corner of Lake Michigan, looks to be moving across the water now. Does the Lake weaken it? I bet we get brushed with some of this if it holds together!

  9. DF (SE Mich) says:

    We got a 2 minute downpour. I will take it. We need the rain.

  10. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    Its nice outside now, don’t seem like storm weather to me.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The spam never stops…

      1. Yup (Grandville) says:

        What are you talking about DF? I’ve never had a problem with his site on any laptop or pc.

        1. Zach says:

          Its funny because Bill thanks for me for my updates… some people just like to troll.

  11. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Looks like it’s all sliding south of GR. Hopefully something else will pop up and at least give us some rain.

  12. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    The best chance of thunderstorms still look to be from Kzoo to the south, GR could get some rain later on.

  13. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but it actually feels a lot less humid than it did a couple of hours ago. Looks like the apex of the bow echo is turning more southeast into northern Indiana.

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      I agree, it is comfortable out

  14. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    Well, looks like I may be seeing some action pretty soon. Just stained the deck earlier…. may not have been the best idea :/

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      That’s Pure Michigan for ya!

  15. shelly zokoe says:

    So what’s the data showing near Mishawalka, IN? My son is at Notre Dame, living just inside the Mishawalka area! Looks rough right now!!!

    1. shelly zokoe says:


        1. shelly zokoe says:

          Thanks…looks like the hail is done for that front from your map. From the radar I was looking at I couldn’t tell.

  16. marianne says:

    rain in south haven, please. ty. (my son in chicago said it rained sideways with high winds. )

    1. Kimoeagle says:

      @marianne: I concur. Had texted our son earlier with a headsup, and then, on the eL home, the front, hit, and he texted, “Holy S–t! This is like a hurricane!” Fortunately, he was inside a railcar, and not elsewhere. The front went through quickly……..

  17. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Well well well my little weather hobos, your ol uncle sparkeez been smokin the profits all day long! All is calm in the back woods! Looks like its all south. I could use 1.3″ of the wet stuff for the crops. Lets hope boys get it right for Wednesday!

  18. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Oh these line of storms are going to be WAY SOUTH of GR, it’ll be a quiet night for all of us here in GR

  19. shelly zokoe says:

    This is what ABC 57 News has posted for Mishawalka…..”These Are Very Dangerous Storms. Hazard Quarter Size Hail And 80 Mph Wind Gusts. Source Trained Weather Spotters Reported 70 To 80 Mph Winds And Extensive Damage Across Porter County Indiana. Impact Mobile Homes Will Be Heavily Damaged. Flying Debris Will Be Dangerous To People And Animals. Expect Considerable Damage To Roofs Windows And Vehicles. Extensive Tree Damage And Power Outages Are Likely. *Severe Thunderstorms Will Be Near Plymouth And Culver Around 810 Pm Edt. South Bend And Roseland Around 815 Pm Edt. Mishawaka And Granger Around 820 Pm Edt. Osceola And Rochester Around 825 Pm Edt. Elkhart And Mentone Around 830 Pm Edt. Dunlap And Akron Around 835 Pm Edt. Other Locations In The Warning Include Chain-O-Lakes Lydick Monterey Twin Lakes Teegarden Rutland Maxinkuckee Linkville Hibbard And Burr Oak. Precautionary/Preparedness Actions For Your Protection Move To An Interior Room On The Lowest Floor Of A Building. This Is An Extremely Dangerous Situation. These Storms Are Producing Widespread Wind Damage Across Northwest Indiana. Seek Shelter Now Inside A Sturdy Structure And Stay Away From Windows.”

    Scarey stuff!

  20. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Pouring outside. Second time it’s rained this evening. Good thing I got the lawn mowed right after work.

  21. SBPortage002 says:

    Thunderstorm warnings to my west and south. Watching to see if Kalamazoo county gets one shortly.

    1. Zach says:

      I’d be suprised at this point… seems to be weakening and the Thunderstorm warning for Van Buren was allowed to expire

  22. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    The watch should have stayed at the Il,In, Mi boarder not way up to I-96

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I think the NWS/SPC knows about the bubble, and likes to tease us once in a while.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Grand rapids.. The storm free part of michigan except in the winter! “Rolls eyes”.

  23. Brad (Lawrence) says:

    I live dead center Van Buren…and THAT was a total disappointment. Got about 3 minutes of rain tops. No thunder, no lightning and about a 7mph gust of wind. :(

  24. Jeff (Richland) says:

    What a joke as usual, there was no reason to include any of the GRR warning area counties in the watch. There’s always next time, right? Today really accelerated the dryness of my lawn and garden.

  25. fixxxer says:

    Lmao…. someone start a tally already. Hey cort guess were “capped” again huh? ;)

  26. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    Well that was pathetic. That storm that was looking good coming across the lake ended up being about a 90 second shower with one lightning flash.

    1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      Yup…I agree.

  27. INDY says:


    1. fixxxer says:

      Nope its big boy night. Not sprites, us adults call it beer.

      1. Uncle Sparkee says:

        Your ol uncle sparks calls it pot boy! Erb bread! Giggle grass! Smokey treats, rec bud!

      2. INDY says:


  28. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Seems EVERY TIME a watch is issued nothing happens but when one isn’t something always happens. Oh well, it is what it is, I knew I wasn’t going to see any of this.

    1. Jack says:

      Yup, You know what They Say about That….If it Wasn’t For Bad Luck :::::: ;-) Lol…. ;-)

    2. fixxxer says:

      We havent had much of anything here for years.

      1. Uncle Sparkee says:

        That’s what your ol aunty Edna said,,,,,,,,, then the bed broke! Can’t wait for her hip to be all healed up! Sparks needs back woods lovin!

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Time for a new hammock.

  29. Ed (Coloma) says:

    A few minutes of some gusty winds but not enough rain to register in the gauge.

  30. Resourceful Nana says:

    North of Mendon, 15/100 inch, no wind, lightning mainly to the south. And, no power outage-not even a blink. Last Monday’s front had much stronger winds here near Kal/St. Joe County line. Sure could use more rain.

  31. Kevin (Msrshall) says:

    Rained for about one minute. No wind. Lightning all to the south.

  32. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Do I dare say this whole so called “Watch” was all a big joke.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I’m no expert, but I followed that line of storms on radar all day, and I saw no indication that it would push north of I94. Just my observation.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Well, not the whole watch. Much of the Indiana part verified. Given the power outages from Berrien across to Branch Co. you can probably count all those. If you were following the blog, I said if I were storm watchin’ – I’d go along I-80. Just based on climatology, at this longitude at this time of year, these convective systems more often than not go east or east-southeast. You can kind of see the path down I-80.

  33. Zach says:

    Beautiful lightning here in Kalamazoo off to the south

  34. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Two good storms have rolled through my neck of the wood already. Temps have dropped to the low 70′s.

  35. julio says:

    No rain for West Michigan by Kent County anytime soon

  36. julio says:

    If History repeats itself,I think Kent County and its surrounding area will be rather dry up to about the first week of July…Nothing indicates that rain will be around here..Air mass over western michigan is not conducive for rain..

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