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Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
353 AM EDT Sun Apr 30 2017

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353 AM EDT Sun Apr 30 2017

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of southwest Lower

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

The threat of flooding from period of heavy rainfall continues
today as periods of shower and thunderstorms with locally heavy
rain will continue through tonight. Winds gusting to as high as 40
mph locally may cause some power outages.

There is also the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms with
isolated tornadoes from late afternoon into early tonight near
and south of Interstate 94. This is due the passage of the triple
point of the system moving through extreme southern Lower Michigan
early tonight.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday

The threat for flooding from heavy rain continues into the mid
morning hours of Monday. Then the threat for flooding along and
near some our our rivers will continue through this coming week.

There will be enough cold air brought in by this storm system so
that there is the threat for frost Wednesday morning and Thursday


Spotter activation is not expected through this coming week.


Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
339 AM EDT Sun Apr 30 2017

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Including the cities of Hart, Fremont, Big Rapids,
Mount Pleasant, Muskegon, Greenville, Alma, Grand Haven, Jenison,
Grand Rapids, Ionia, St. Johns, Holland, Hastings, Charlotte,
South Haven, and Kalamazoo
339 AM EDT Sun Apr 30 2017


The Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of central Michigan, south central Michigan,
  southwest Michigan, and west central Michigan, including the
  following areas, in central Michigan, Gratiot, Isabella,
  Mecosta, and Montcalm. In south central Michigan, Clinton,
  Eaton, and Ionia. In southwest Michigan, Allegan, Barry,
  Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa, and Van Buren. In west central
  Michigan, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.

* Through Monday morning

* Periods of rain with embedded thunderstorms will continue into
  mid morning Monday. Storm total rainfalls of 2 to 4 inches are
  still expected. Locally higher amounts cannot be ruled out in
  near thunderstorms.

* Rainfall amounts through 3 am were in the range of a half inch
  to near an inch from Kent County south and west. Areas north and
  east of Grand Rapids have had between a quarter and a half inch.

* Heaviest rain will come in three waves, the first will be around
  sunrise Sunday, then another during the late morning into the
  early afternoon with the final and strongest storms this evening
  into early tonight as the front comes through.


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Weather Preparedness Information is available on line at




Flood Warning

1036 PM EDT SAT APR 29 2017

...The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a flood
warning for the following rivers in Southwest Lower Michigan...

  Looking Glass River Near Eagle affecting Clinton County
  Portage River Near Vicksburg affecting Kalamazoo County

.River forecasts are based on a 36 hour precipitation forecast valid
through Monday morning, which is around 1.5 to 3 inches for much of
the area. A possibility exists for higher rainfall totals across a
narrow region which may affect these crest forecasts. Stay tuned to
the latest forecasts as the rainfall event unfolds.


Safety message...Even 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock
you off your feet... and a depth of 2 feet will float your car.
Never try to walk... swim... or drive through such swift water.  If
you come upon flood waters... stop... turn around and go another way.

This warning will be in effect until the river falls below its flood

Stay tuned to further developments by listening to your local
radio... television... or NOAA Weather Radio station for further

Additional weather and river information can be found on our homepage


1036 PM EDT SAT APR 29 2017

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a

* Flood Warning for
  the Portage River Near Vicksburg.
* from Sunday morning until further notice.
* The river stage was estimated to be around 4.9 feet Sunday evening.
* Flood stage is 5.0 feet.
* Forecast, the river is forecast to crest around 5.5 feet by Monday
* Impact, at 6.0 feet...Expect minor basement flooding of several
  homes built adjacent to the river.
* Flood history, this crest compares to a previous crest of 5.5 feet
  on Mar 21 1982.


LAT...LON 4208 8552 4211 8553 4215 8548 4216 8544
      4211 8544 4208 8547



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