Storms bring lightning, hail to West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A large storm system marched across West Michigan Tuesday night, bringing with it lightning and hail.

The storm prompted a series of severe thunderstorm warnings across the region over a few hours, all of which expired before 11 p.m. Berrien, Branch, Cass and St. Joseph counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m. A flood advisory was issued for Ionia County until 2:30 a.m.

Some of the reports of hail were quite large, including some from near Whitehall and Otsego.

Downed power lines shut down a stretch of 60th Street between Alden Nash and Bancroft Avenues in the Alto area, dispatchers confirmed. Consumers Energy’s interactive power outage map showed about 580 customers in that area lost power. Service was expected to be restored by 11:45 p.m.

The fairly potent setup for severe weather was caused by an area of low pressure tracking across Lower Michigan, with a warm front surging north trailed by a cold.

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A much quieter, albeit quite cold forecast, will return for the remainder of the week.

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