Metro Detroit weather: Scattered strong-to-severe thunderstorms heading for SE Michigan
Scattered strong-to-severe thunderstorms have developed south of a warm front this afternoon in Indiana and Ohio, and they’re headed our way. The key to those storms maintaining their severity as they move into Michigan will be how far north that warm front makes it because we will not see severe weather north of the front. Right now, I think the front will potentially cross the state line into Lenawee and southwest Monroe counties, so that’s where the best chance is for marginally severe wind gusts and marginally severe hail into the evening hours.
Sirens will sound for Michigan’s annual tornado drill today: What to know
This is Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week and, in keeping with past tradition, the state will conduct a statewide test tornado warning at 1:00 p.m. One thing I want you to remember today is that the sirens are an OUTDOOR warning system. If you hear your siren inside your home, you are lucky…most people watching TV don’t hear their siren. Having a weather radio is your fool-proof way to get warnings…we at Local 4 recommend the Midland weather radio. Every home should have a weather radio.
Michigan statewide tornado drill set for March 24: What to know
If you hear tornado sirens on Wednesday, don’t panic: Michigan is holding its annual statewide tornado drill. The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging residents to participate in a voluntary statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 by using the opportunity to discuss their emergency plans. To learn how local alerts are administrated in your community and if your community is participating, contact your local emergency management agency. The average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes, which means residents need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued. To be ready for a tornado:Know the difference: Tornado Watch means conditions exist for a tornado to develop; Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.