For a second day in a row severe storms rumbled across Mid-Michigan, this time during the day on Wednesday, leaving thousands in the dark, including NBC 25 (where we are running on generator). So far the first 36 hours of summer have been pretty intense.
Numerous reports of downed limbs, some trees, and power lines came in across the area from Freeland and Bay City, to Lapeer and Shiawassee counties, and even into parts of the thumb. Heavy rainfall left areas of standing water. Some stoplights remain out this morning and in some cases temporary stop signs are in place.
(NBC 25 Meteorologist Janet Van De Winkle took this photo of a large branch down on a house off of Greenwood Drive in Lapeer County yesterday)
(Again captured by Janet... a tree trunk split by the force of what were likely 70+ MPH winds in Lapeer county)
Kevin rolled in to the Swartz Creek area after 75 mile per hour straight line winds moved through. Numerous neighborhoods off of Seymour Rd. had limbs down. Many small limbs, and a few larger limbs as well. Initially the public had reported a tornado touchdown. It was later determined to be straight line thunderstorm winds. As NBC 25 arrived on scene crews were moving from home to home clearing large debris from the road and even putting out a couple of small fires caused by power lines falling on houses and trees.
(Numerous neighborhoods in Swartz Creek and Gaines Township resembled this front yard on Hill Road between Morrish and Seymour - Captured by Meteorologist Kevin Usealman)
Other areas that saw damage included parts of Bay City, Frankenmuth, Clio, Freeland and portions of the thumb. For a full summary of the severe weather reports from the National Weather Service click here. The severe weather event of June 21st (the previous night) is summarized here.
(A large pine tree is completely uprooted, revealing the root system. Freeland - from viewer Zach Mehalski)
(Viewer Steve Lepeak captured this storm with obvious rotation in Pt. Austin. It produced damage, but did not spawn a tornado)
(Hail from a severe thunderstorm covered surfaces and the ground in Reese - from Dave Bader)
The risk of severe weather has greatly diminished for today but a slow moving upper low will bring clouds and occasional rain. The weekend looks drier but cooler to start. For the full NBC 25 Weather forecast click here.
(This morning's weather map showing clouds and showers will stick around for awhile yet, even while the severe weather risk fades)