Severe Storms – Wind Damage/Severe HailApril 12th, 2014 at 3:00 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
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.