LANSING, MI – With severe weather expected to affect Southern Lower Michigan this evening, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging residents and visitors to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if storm warnings are issued.
The National Weather Service has issued an Enhanced Severe Weather Outlook over parts of Southern Lower Michigan, forecasting the possibility of severe thunderstorms that could produce strong winds in excess of 60 mph, lightning, hail and tornadoes. The greatest risk for severe weather is until 11 p.m. on Friday.
“If you are traveling tonight, please plan ahead and monitor the latest weather conditions,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We want everyone to stay aware and be prepared to seek shelter if a storm warning is issued for their area.”
To prepare for severe weather:
- Identify the lowest place to take shelter in your home. If a basement does not exist, find an interior hallway away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go under something sturdy—such as a workbench or stairwell—when taking shelter in the basement or designated spot.
- Prepare for a power outage by filling plastic containers with water and placing them in the refrigerator and freezer. Cold water bottles will help keep food cool during a power outage and can also be used for drinking water.
- Charge cell phones and other wireless communication devices.
- Secure outdoor objects that could be blown around, such as garbage cans and patio furniture.
- Sign up to receive text or email alerts from your local news media or emergency management agency. Plan a way to stay tuned to commercial radio or television broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms.
- Ensure emergency preparedness kits are fully stocked with enough food, water and other supplies to last 72 hours per person. Double-check to ensure there are supplies for your pets.
- Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip.