Michigan in line for ‘unusually strong’ storm with tornado potential


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If you’re out in lower Michigan right now, it might feel pretty mild, but it won’t last long. According to the National Weather Service, a major storm heading east around the United States-Canada border is set to bring severe weather to Michigan from Wednesday evening (July 20) through Thursday, and it will continue to head east.

Severe thunderstorms could even bring tornadoes to parts of Michigan and Ontario, Canada, along with damaging winds, hail and lightning. “The storm is unusually strong for summer standards and is accompanied by a sharp drop in the jet stream that is often associated with extreme weather,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said in a post on the coming storm.

According to AccuWeather, the storm has already generated strong gusts of wind in the North Dakota areas of Belcourt (75 mph), Manvel (71 mph) and Perth (70 mph). AccuWeather adds that “As the storm system intersects with a wave of heat and high humidity from the southern states, the result will be an eruption of strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening,” according to Anderson.

“Major cities such as Detroit, Cleveland and London, Ontario are expected to be in the area that could experience severe thunderstorms capable of triggering a tornado,” AccuWeather adds. I’m not a happy camper when it comes to severe storms, so I really hope this one passes. If tornadoes do occur in your area, here are some tips on what to do from the Michigan government. Find AccuWeather’s full story about the storm here.

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