Heavy rain Thursday night and Friday has caused some flooding for part of West Michigan. A Flood Advisory is in effect for all the West Michigan counties bordering Lake Michigan. The advisory is also in effect for Kent County. A few locations have observed rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour. Runoff from the rain may cause minor flooding across the area. So far the heaviest rain has stayed over Lake Michigan, where over six inches of rain may have fallen. See the image on the left for radar estimates of rainfall.
For Saturday, the Storm Prediction Center has West Michigan in the Slight Risk for severe storms. The risk is mainly south of a line from Muskegon to Oscoda. A cold front will pass across the state Saturday and daytime heating will destabilize the atmosphere ahead of the front. The storms will likely form during the late morning and progress to the southeast during the afternoon. Strong damaging will be the primary threat, but large hail is also possible.
To make sure you are prepared for the potential severe weather check out the links below:
Thunderstorm and lightning safety rules
Flash flood/flood safety rules
See the slideshow on the left for a few forecast maps for Saturday.
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