Thursday, May 26, 2011

Severe Storms & Flooding

Severe storms rocked the area on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, May 25th. Several tornado warnings were accompanied with dozens of reports of very large hail across several counties. Locations like Findlay, Fostoria, Clyde, Green Springs and Bellevue reported hail ranging from quarter size all the way up to tennis (2.5") and baseball size (2.75")!

Thankfully no reports of significant tornadoes, but the aftermath of the thunderstorms and heavy rains have now elevated the flooding concern for many areas. Here is doppler radar estimated rainfall totals of 2-4" or more across most of the area:

Two rivers in particular could see Moderate/Major flooding. The Blanchard River may crest just below 13.0' early Friday morning which is the mark for major flooding:

The Maumee river at Defiance, Waterville and Grand Rapids are expected to see Moderate flooding. Grand Rapids may see the worst, cresting at 18.5' which is 3.5' above flood stage. If this stage is reached, it would equal the 100 year flood level impacting several of the buildings in the downtown area.

Other cities and rivers expected to see some degree of flooding:

CLICK HERE for River levels east of I-75

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CLICK HERE for river levels in Michigan