Mark Hicks The Detroit News
Published 7:49 AM EDT Sep 11, 2019
Storms that sparked power outages, funnel cloud sightings and tornado warnings in parts of Michigan on Tuesday pushed out of the region but more unsettled weather is in the forecast through the end of the week.
On Tuesday, high humidity and warm temperatures fueled a line of storms that swept across mid-Michigan and the Thumb.
A large swath of the region, including Saginaw, Genesee, St. Clair and Lapeer counties, was under a severe thunderstorm watch for hours.
The weather service issued tornado warnings for central Sanilac County as well as parts of Saginaw, Midland and Tuscola counties, and severe thunderstorm warnings in parts of Bay and Tuscola counties.
Funnel clouds were reported near Saginaw, but initial weather service reviews did not show any reached the surface, Kacan said.
Strong winds toppled trees and electrical lines in Midland and Tuscola counties, the weather service said. No injuries were reported.
Half-dollar size hail also was reported in Midland County, according to the weather service website.
DTE Energy reported thousands of outages in the Thumb region.
More rain and storms are on tap for Wednesday. The weather service said showers and thunderstorms are expected after 1 p.m. Wednesday as temperatures climb into the upper 80s, more than 10 degrees above average.
Winds could gust as high as 21 mph, and new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible, the weather service said.
Storms are also possible on Thursday and Friday as the mercury hovers around 80.
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