National Weather Service Grand Rapids Warns Of Severe Weather & Possible Tornado Activity
The National Weather Service is warning of possible severe weather this afternoon across West Michigan.
In a notice posted to their social media channels, they warned of severe weather across the region:
09/07/2021: Strong to severe thunderstorms will move through West Michigan this afternoon and into this evening. Damaging winds and large hail can be expected from the stronger storms. Isolated tornados may also occur. Very heavy rainfall will accompany the thunderstorms along with frequent lightning. The storms will end from northwest to southeast by late evening.
Fox 17 Meteorologist Candace Monacelli says that the timing of the storms will not be ideal for Metro GR, as they are predicted to hit during the afternoon commute:
We will have clouds increase and winds pick up leading into this line of potentially stronger storms plus high waves on Lake Michigan with dangerous lakeshore conditions. TIMING isn't ideal as this line of storms is expected to move from NW to SE from 1/2pm through 8/9pm during everyone's commute home from school and work. Straight line winds and hail are the biggest concerns plus an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
The National Weather Service's Storm & Tornado Safety Rules
■ If possible, get to an underground shelter, basement, or safe room. These places are where you will be the safest.
■ If no underground shelter or safe room is available, make your way to a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
■ Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. If you are in a mobile home, leave and go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.
■ If you are outside, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
■ Get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
■ If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
■ Stay in your vehicle with the seat belt on. Then place your head below the windows and cover it with your hands - use a blanket or jacked if possible.
■ If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway (such as in a ditch), exit your car, and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
■ Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances
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