The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather statement and severe storm watch for Jackson County and many other southern Michigan counties.

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“Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible between 400 pm and Midnight. The storms will be capable of damaging winds, large hail to around 1 inch in diameter and locally heavy rain. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out either.”

You can get an updated forecast 24/7 for our area via the main page of this website.  Please scroll down to find it–and click on 5-day forecast.

At 4:31 pm today there were a few sprinkles in the air, and the sky and rumbles of thunder suggested something else was on the way.

Earlier today, Consumers Energy issued this advisory.

“This morning’s scattered storms across portions of Michigan will be followed by a more organized line of strong and potentially severe thunderstorms entering the southwest part of the state by 4 p.m. today. The storms are expected to impact much of the Lower Peninsula through this evening and may include wind gusts in excess of 60 mph. This
active weather pattern could result in power outages. Consumers Energy is monitoring the weather closely, mobilizing resources and making other preparations to quickly respond to any service interruptions.”
CE suggests visiting for helpful tips. At this location, you can visit the online outage map, report an outage and sign up to receive power restoration updates.