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Thunderstorms could bring strong winds and hail to a portion of Michigan

Thunderstorms could develop in parts of Michigan late Thursday afternoon and overnight into Friday, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued today by the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids.

While severe weather is not expected, parts of the southwestern Lower Peninsula could experience devastating wind gusts and even hail in these storms.

“Thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon and will continue tonight. “Some of the storms could become locally strong, with hail up to half an inch in diameter and wind speeds of up to 50 mph,” the NWS outlook said.

It includes Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Muskegon, Montcalm, Gratiot, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson counties .

“The best rain chances will come later this evening and continue into Friday morning before beginning to move east of the forecast area,” the NWS forecast notes said. The instability of the atmosphere could lead to stronger thunderstorms, the meteorologists noted.

“A slight risk of severe storms exists for portions of West Michigan late Thursday from approximately 8 p.m. to midnight. Whether severe storms develop will depend in large part on how much the atmosphere can be destabilized on Thursday afternoon.”

A few storms could also be possible early Friday.

Anna Harden

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