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Torrential Rains Prompt Flash Flood Warnings

Posted at 3:30 AM, Jul 07, 2014

WEST MICHIGAN (July 7, 2014) — Torrential rains across the area Sunday evening and Sunday night prompted FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS across five West Michigan counties. They include Kent, Ionia, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm.

Radar estimates show that as much as three to five inches of rain has fallen over some of these areas with strong to severe thunderstorms. While some of these storms produced substantial damage in places like southern Kent County, flash flooding is also a very real threat.

Residents that live next to creeks, rivers, streams, or tributaries should keep tabs on water levels. Washed out roads and standing water in these counties are likely. Make sure not to drive through water across the road. People die every year across this country in an attempt to drive through high water.

As indicated by the attached photo the heaviest rain fell across southern Mecosta and north central Montcalm Counties as indicated by the yellow colors. As much as five inches may have fallen in those locations. The snapshot was taken from thee National Weather Service radar storm total precipitation (estimated rainfall).

Our next chance of more showers and storms arrives on Tuesday. Get the complete West Michigan forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.