Severe Weather

It's beginning to feel a lot like spring, and the warmer weather can bring thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding.

Governor Granholm has named this week "Severe Weather Awareness Week" and hopes you'll use it to prepare for the season.

Severe thunderstorms injured six people in Michigan last year; lightning strikes hurt five more. Record flooding was reported last year around the state. One of the hardest hit areas was in Ottawa County's Robinson Township.

You can prepare for a storm by having an emergency kit ready.

Experts say it should include a battery operated radio, flashlights, first aid supplies, bottled water, and canned or dry foods along with a can opener.