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Mid-Michigan is under an enhanced risk for severe weather overnight; what to know

(WILX 2021)
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 2:49 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 3:37 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Mid-Michigan could be seeing some severe weather heading into the overnight period.

Currently, the mid-Michigan area is under an enhanced risk of severe weather due to storms brewing in Wisconsin and heading into southern lower Michigan tonight.

The storms will bring strong, gusty winds, heavy downpours, a moderate chance for hail and a low risk for tornadoes. It’s unknown exactly what time the storms will hit the mid-Michigan area, however they are expected to move into the area sometime past midnight.

Here are some tips from Consumers Energy on how to prepare for severe weather:

  • Charge all electronic devices. It’s advised to have an emergency battery or charging station available for use during an outage.
  • Have an emergency kit that includes flashlights and extra batteries, water, canned food and blankets. Be prepared with enough medication, baby supplies and pet food if applicable. A battery-operated radio is also a good idea.
  • Unplug sensitive electronics like TVs, computers and printers. Turn power strips off.

Consumers Energy also urges the public to keep these important storm safety tips in mind:

  • Stay at least 25 feet away from downed wires, keep children or pets away, and report the issue by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050. Consumers Energy crews are taking extra health and safety precautions because of the COVID-19 situation and asks the public to keep at least six feet of distance from its crews.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas.
  • Be alert to crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
  • Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Once safe to do so, clean-up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.

Stay with News 10 for more severe weather coverage.

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