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Thunderstorms, possible isolated tornado on tap Thursday for SE Michigan, NWS says

Marnie Muñoz, The Detroit News on

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Southeast Michigan is in for scattered thunderstorms and a potential isolated tornado Thursday evening, the National Weather Service said.

The storms will be in motion from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m., NWS Detroit announced on X post.

Winds could pick up to 60 mph or greater as the storms push from west to east at 30-40 mph.

The storms could bring an isolated tornado or hail at least an inch in diameter, according to NWS.

NWS projects a marginal severe weather outlook for cities further east, including Detroit, Monroe and Pontiac.

Meteorologists expect a slight severe weather outlook, one level above the marginal rating in severity, for Ann Arbor, Lansing, Jackson and Grand Rapids.

NWS expanded the slight risk area into the Interstate 75 corridor from Pontiac to Saginaw, said Dave Kook, a meteorologist with the weather service.

"The slight risk just means we expect a few more strong to severe storms or some longer-lived clusters of storms versus a marginal risk," Kook said. "But people should be prepared regardless of what risk category it is. Be prepared for storms later in the day and take action if storms track towards them."

 

Thursday's storms will follow a day of anticipated high temperatures between 85 and 90 across southeast Michigan, according to NWS.

Sunny skies return Friday and Saturday, when NWS projects highs between 72 and 82.

That cool-down will be a brief respite before temperatures surge into the 90s in a heat wave starting Sunday, according to NWS.

The region will be hot and humid with temperatures above normal, posing major risks to dehydrated residents in the region and people without effective cooling systems at home, according to NWS.

Meteorologists have set a 40-60% chance for the excessive heat to remain through June 24 in the Midwest.

There is also a 20-40% risk for that heat to prevail through much of the eastern U.S. through June 26, NWS Detroit said Wednesday on X.


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