Severe Storms – Wind Damage/Severe Hail

April 12th, 2014 at 3:00 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

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12:59 am  – Line of storms training along US 10 with heavy rainfall…solid line of storms back to Iowa…bow echo along the Mississippi River will have to be watched.  Serious Flood Situation, esp. for Oceana, Newaygo, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Manistee, Wexford, Clare, and Isabella Counties, perhaps for N. Muskegon, N. Montcalm, Gratiot Counties. 100,356 Consumers Energy customers without power now, inc. 29,426 customers in Muskegon Co (37.0% of the county customers), 4,796 in Ionia Co. (21.3%), 16,166 in Kent Co. (6.0%) and 7,066 in Montcalm Co. (26.5%) and the worst county is Mecosta with 77.3% of the county without power (12,097 customers).  Gust to 56 mph at Big Rapids.  Flood WARNINGS now for Newaygo, Oceana, Muskegon, Montcalm, Mecosta, Isabella and Gratiot Counties after 2″ of rain…an additional +2″ of rain is possible by Monday AM.  At midnight, the front is along I-94.   Here’s Kyle Piers video – driving in the hail late PM near Cedar Springs.   2″ hail reports from Wisconsin and Iowa – storms moving east.   Hail to nearly 1″ in Hesperia.  Here’s regional radar…storm go all the way back into Iowa.   The storms have knocked the front down to S. Allegan and S. Barry Counties…at 10 pm the temperature is 70 at Kalamazoo, 48 in Grand Rapids, 72 at O’Hare in Chicago, 44 at Milwaukee – pretty easy to find the surface front.   Pics. on the left- a building that looks like it has been destroyed in Grant and a plane and building damage – from Lili Cruz – a golfball-sized hailstone from Mike Schmalz in Muskegon – and the golf cart at Boulder Creek that got hit by a falling tree.  Those guys were lucky they are still on this side of the divots.   Click on the pictures to enlarge.   – serious “training” of storms tonight along US 10 could produce severe  flooding.

Storm Reports:   5:27 PM TSTM WND GUST SPARTA  911 CALL CENTER LOCAL AND STATE POLICE HAVE ESTIMATED WIND GUSTS TO BE AT LEAST 80 MPH.  Semi blown over in Muskegon.   Multiple roofs of and partially damaged in Muskegon and S. Newaygo Counties.    Grant [Newaygo Co, MI] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 04:10 PM EDT — roofs off multiple structures with campers blown over.  Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: Kent City [Kent Co, MI] 911 call center reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:26 PM EDT — local Ford dealer in Kent Co. has suffered severe roof damage.   A TRAILER AND LOG CABIN HAVE LOST THEIR ROOF WHILE A BARN SUFFERED HEAVY DAMAGE.   From GRR NWS chat: Had a report from a lady between Sand Lake and Cedar Springs a few minutes ago of a 75 mph wind gust on her Davis Weather station.  Gust to 55 mph on Kuttshill in south Rockford.  Measured gust to 65 mph in Rockford – Eaglecraft Mobile Home Park – 18″ pine tree uprooted healthy, 8″ healthy large branch down, multiple pine trees uprooted in area.      If you have pics. of hail, damage send them to WOOD at ReportIt.   Several reports of pea-marble sized hail north of Whitehall/Montague.   Severe T-Storm Watch coming for IA, WI, IL.   Leave a comment if you get some hail.    There were severe t-storm warnings for the NE corner of Illinois for large hail.  Hail pics. here.    Those storms produced LOTS of severe criteria hail – up to the side of eggs (2″ in diameter!).  Check out more hail pictures here and here.  The storms also produced a 55 mph wind gust NW of Chicago at the town of Harvard.  Here’s all of today’s severe weather reports from SPC.    Radar here.  WOOD Lightning tracker here.    Any surface-based thunderstorms will weaken (though probably not die out completely) as they come out over Lake Michigan.  Elevated storms don’t care what’s underneath them…they’ll chug across the lake without skipping a beat.   We made 71° officially in G.R.   Much colder north of the warm front.   At 2 pm Sat. it was 35° with a stiff east wind on Mackinac Island.  Nice to be home, where I can spend more time on the blog…if and when I’m at work…I’m doing TV and won’t be able to update very often.

From Blythefield Country Club on Northland Dr. just north of West River Dr. “The golf course will be closed tomorrow due to extensive tree damage and debris from this evening’s strong storms and wind.  We lost several large trees not only on the course but around the clubhouse as well. Straight line winds have been reported at more than 85 miles per hour and uprooted these trees. The power is still out at the club.”

Another huge earthquake:   USGS just downgraded e-quake to 7.6 – still big.   67 miles SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands, the USGS reports.  .  Tsunami warning area reduced to Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Overnight models print out some very serious rainfall totals.  The morning run of the European model gives G.R. 0.62″ of rain this evening (that may be overdone), then 2″ of rain from Sunday into Monday, then 1 to 1 1/2″ of snow Monday night, then more rain Thurs. night into Friday night.  The model also gives Ludington 3.85″ of rain, then half an inch of snow as it ends.  The models have been consistent in forecasting the very heavy rainfall and with it the prospect of significant flooding.

Also:  SURF’S UP!    and….Airbus wins weather satellite contract valued at millions of euros.


765 Responses to “Severe Storms – Wind Damage/Severe Hail”

  1. Cort S. says:

    Thanks guys. Tomorrow afternoon-night, it looks like the most widespread and heaviest totals for precip will again be to the north, but just about everyone has a chance at seeing a storm.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Good night, going to bed after a very long day. Our prayers/thoughts are with everyone who suffered storm damage/power outage. Sunday is new day. The NWS place the Thornapple River back on a flood watch here in Hastings. The river levels were slowly going down.

  2. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:

    So so tired need to catch some zzzzzz…..storms were great from 4:10pm 3:45am. Some really cool lighting strikes , I will have to see how some of my videos turned out , I think I caught some decent shots , hope to get a few more chances. Crazy wind even here in cedar springs , I was surprised to here of all the spotty damage as it seemed like strong wind at times, surprised however by seeing some of the reports I read although it’s tuff to say how windy it really is or all least quantify it. I know for a fact I witnessed wind over 65+ but how much I dunno, but saw lots of downed trees that’s for sure. I hope everyone has been able to remain unharmed from the storms so far and continue to stay that way , I know some will experience a bit of flooding and I just hope it’s not to bad. Time to sleep.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    My streak of 16 weekends in a row going skiing and snowmobiling has come to an end. Even though I am officially done rooting for cold and snow it is a good time to review the facts!

    1. This was the BEST WINTER EVER!!!!!!!
    2. Remember this is the start of an incredible MINI ICE AGE!
    3. Outdoor winter sports in Lower MI is about over! GOLF here I come!
    4. Rodey aka fixxxer is a whining, complaining, racist!
    5. ROCK n ROLL will never die!
    6. Storm Team 8 and COLD and SNOW ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    7. This will be my last post about snow for a few months, even though we will be seeing SNOW on Monday! Enjoy!
    8. Have fun tracking your severe weather this year and I hope that all of those people rooting for severe weather do not get hit directly with a tornado!

  4. fred says:

    And he’s the first to complain and cry and whine about rude comments in here….it’s called duplicity, son. It’s called being hypocritical, boy.

    1. Tom says:

      My guess is that “Rocky” is a punk kid with nothing better to do than ruin a great weather blog. Let’s see how long it takes for him to start with more ridiculous dialogue. I would bet he couldn’t provide a single ski lift ticket from any of his proclaimed 16 ski trips up north!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        My hunch is Tom is an ignorant moron! Thanks for that helpful and brilliant commentary!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Thanks for that ignorant and brilliant commentary! Better luck next time!

  5. Swatz_Zoo says:

    It was an insane storm up here marble size hail trampoline blew a crossed our yard and over the fence into the field one of my geese got injured and we are without power and consumers energy estimates power will not be restored in my area 17mile/Myers Lake as late as Tuesday night around 11pm.

    1. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Hey Swatz we are Neighbors , I’m over on 18 mile lol , I think I may have already new that , but anyways what’ a storm system last night Wowsers !! I’m sorry to hear you suffered an injury from the storm to one of your feathered friends. I guess we got lucky with the power situation , I saw that power was out at the gas station near the ford dealer last night and other spotty places around town , but out here at my place we have power. I hope you get back power sooner than later. Good luck Swatz.

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        Not sure if you’ll get this since it’s 2 days late Darren but yes indeed we are neighbors I have a friend that lives on 18mile as well that has geese and she had power as well, we got it back very early yesterday morning, we weren’t scheduled to have it back until late tonight at 11pm, so a definite shout out to Consumers Energy for their speedy work at restoring power. But yup I’m the 1st road on the right if you cross 17mile heading south ;-)

  6. Gabe says:

    This storm was REALLY MASSIVE in Saint Johns. We had stuff from maybe 2 blocks away at our house. I saw a tree crushed a car on Clinton Ave. Amazing!!!

  7. chad says:

    If you have any damage from the storm please check out our site or call 844-336-8626 for help with estimates and repairs. Thanks, Chad

  8. Jeanie ~ Muskegon says:

    The storms made me think of another April 11-12 back in 1965,Palm Sunday. I was 9yrs old and can still remember the destruction we saw as we went from Jackson to Grandma’s cottage at Washington Lk near Onsted to see if it was ok. It was spared but so many others were not. A co-worker of my dad’s was caught in a tornado with his wife and 2 children. His wife was injured by debris (they had gotten out of the car and into a ditch covering the kids)& their station wagon was crushed to the size of a compact car. We were so fortunate last weekend that we didn’t have another Palm Sunday event like 1965.

  9. Bond Roofing says:

    Thoughts are with everyone that has suffered from the bad storms. I hate storms! They can cause so much damage to property, and leave people homeless, I hate to see roofs blown off and trees blown onto cars etc.

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