Storm threats loom for southeast Michigan through Wednesday

The Detroit News

Storms are leaving Metro Detroit, but the threat of severe weather remains in the region through Wednesday.

Severe thunderstorm and special marine warnings the National Weather Service issued Monday afternoon for parts of Oakland County, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River have ended, the weather service said.

At one point, the storms dropped quarter-size hail in Grosse Pointe, brought 41 mph winds at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and toppled a large tree in Livingston County, according to the weather service.

Hail was reported near Lansing and Grand Rapids, while more than an inch of rain fell in parts of Kent County on the state's west side.

There is a 20% chance for showers overnight as temperatures fall into the mid-60s. 

The weather service calls for more storms late Tuesday and into Wednesday, after the mercury tops out in the upper 80s, or more than 10 degrees above average. Wind gusts above 20 mph are possible.

Calmer conditions are forecast Thursday, when highs should reach the upper 70s. 

The pattern follows a strong line of storms Sunday night that left damage and power outages across the state and prompted watches and warnings from the weather service.

On Sunday, in St. Louis, Michigan, pockets of trees were down after the storm; 1-inch hail was reported in Breckenridge and Montrose, and 2-inch hail reported in St. Charles.

Other areas Sunday where wind damage was reported include the village of Columbiaville in Lapeer County, where large tree limbs blocked the intersection of Columbiaville Road and M-24. In Chesaning, in Saginaw County, emergency dispatchers reported trees and power lines down.

On the state's west side, Whitehall saw wind gusts up to 39 mph and Roosevelt Park reported 46 mph winds.

Over western Lower Michigan earlier Sunday, 0.70 hail was reported in Elbridge, 0.75 inch hail in Hesperia and 0.25 inch hail in Big Rapids.

"There were several reports of trees and power lines brought down as the storm tracked east along the I-69 corridor," the weather service reported. "Storms exited east into southern Ontario before 10 PM."