Tornado warning issued for Bay and Midland counties

UPDATE: The tornado warning has been canceled as of approximately 3:50 PM

BAY CITY, MI – A line of severe thunderstorms is currently approaching the Saginaw Bay area with the potential to metastasize tornadoes.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southwestern Bay County and southeastern Midland Midland on Tuesday, Sept. 7, until 4 p.m. went east at 55 mph. Currently there is a radar indicated rotation and there is a threat of hail the size of a ping pong ball.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed and there will be damage to roofs, windows and vehicles. Damage to trees is likely, according to the NWS.

The tornadic storm is expected to be near Auburn by 3:20 p.m. and Bay City, Kawkawlin and Linwood around 3:30 p.m. Other locations affected by this tornado storm include Averill, Gordonville, Crump, Poseyville, Willard, Bay City State Recreation Area, and Bombay.

The NWS also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for both Bay and Midland County at approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, after a severe thunderstorm was detected on its radar. According to the NWS, gusts of 60 mph and hail the size of a ping pong ball are expected with this storm, which could injure people and animals outdoors. Those in the storm’s path are expected to see hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and vehicles and wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.

This severe thunderstorm will be near Edenville around 3:10 p.m., Linwood around 3:30 p.m. and Pinconning around 3:35 p.m., according to the NWS. Other locations affected by this severe thunderstorm include Laporte, Mount Forest, Averill, Gordonville, Bombay, Porter Township, Crump, Poseyville, Willard and Hope.

People in the storm’s path will be asked to move into an interior room on the lowest form of the building they are in. According to the NWS, cloud-to-ground lightning occurs continuously.

The NWS is also warning mariners to exercise extreme caution in Saginaw Bay. The NWS has issued a special maritime warning that is expected to remain in effect until 4:45 p.m. today. According to the NWS, severe thunderstorms capable of producing waterspouts were located along a line extending from near Tawas Point to 21 nautical miles west of Linwood, traveling 45 knots to the east. Waterspouts can easily tip boats over and create locally dangerous seas. Small craft can be damaged in short-lived higher winds and suddenly higher waves, the maritime warning says, and large hail can lead to structural damage.

Seafarers are urged to proceed immediately to the safe harbor. If possible, stay below deck if they are caught out on the open water, and stay away from unearthed metal objects, the warning said.

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