Severe Storms Give Way To Tranquil Morning

Posted at 9:19 AM, Jun 13, 2013

St. Joseph River near Three Rivers Courtesy: Sam Young

WEST MICHIGAN — Severe storms brought damaging winds, and flooding rains Wednesday night to West Michigan. Rain showers quickly ended as northerly winds ushered in drier and cooler air. Dry weather over the next few days will allow many the opportunity to clean up after Wednesday’s storms.

Some of the hardest hit areas are in Allegan, Barry, Van Buren and N. Kalamazoo County where gusty winds toppled trees and brought down power lines leaving 25 to 30 thousand people without power. Heavy rains also caused flash flooding in some areas of Allegan County which saw upwards of 2.50″ between 10pm and midnight.

Muskegon and Lansing were also particularly hard hit. Muskegon set a daily rainfall record with over an inch and three-quarters of rain. Lansing also broke a rainfall record from 1880 with over two and a half inches of rain. Some areas around the Capitol city had rainfall totals over four and three-quarters of an inch which flooded many homes and roadways. I-69 near Potterville was closed for some time overnight but re-opened early Thursday morning as flood waters started to drop.

Here is a list of some local rainfall totals:

Wayland: 4.10″

Lansing Airport: 2.57″

Holland Airport: 2.42″

Muskegon Airport: 1.79″

Kentwood: 1.39″

Grand Rapids Airport: 1.13″

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