Tracking storms and heavy rainfall

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The potential exists for a few storms or downpours to form over West Michigan early Thursday. The severe threat isn’t zero, but it is unlikely.

Forecast models were aggressive Wednesday, painting big storms over Michigan, but have so far overdone the actual storms. We will likely see some rain over Michigan overnight, but it will likely not be as intense as high-resolution forecast models project.

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Heavy rain earlier Wednesday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Watch for much of West Michigan through Thursday. Some across the lake received 1-3 inches of rain, with higher totals in the Kenosha and Racine area.

The above map shows counties under a flood watch until noon on July 12, 2017.
24 hour estimated rainfall by radar as of 6pm Wednesday

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke warned residents that damage from Friday’s deadly storms could create additional dangers when the storms move through the area. Hawke said Wednesday that large, broken branches caught in other trees and leaning, damaged trees could pose a threat.

Storm Team 8 will be tracking the conditions as they change. Check and tune into 24 Hour News 8 for updates throughout the day. You can also sign up for text alerts or receive weather notifications by downloading the free Storm Team 8 weather app.