The severe thunderstorms have caused power outages for thousands of Mid-Michigan residents. Saturday evening, while most of WILX's viewing area has stayed in the clear, a severe storm rolled through Ionia County eastward to Livingston County, then onward toward Flint. Viewers have submitted pictures (see attached) of the storm clouds and damage in parts like St. Johns.
At 6:31 p.m. the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids reported in St. Johns, "ROOF PANELING HAS BEEN TORN OFF THE FIRE STATION. POWER LINES ARE DOWN AND POWER OUTAGES ARE BEING REPORTED. PEA SIZE HAIL ACCOMPANIED THE STORM."
Other reports across northern Lower Michigan include 60 mph winds and 1" hail along with many downed trees.
Consumers Energy reports many power outages across Mid-Michigan (see link for map).
Thunderstorms remain possible Saturday evening for southern Lower Michigan, but as temperatures continue to drop the severe threat will decrease. More rain and storms are likely Sunday and Monday which will include significant rain amounts that could lead to flooding. Stay tuned to WILX.com and our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.
Please continue to send us your storm photos and reports! Stay safe!