2017-07-12 / Front Page

Flood watch, severe weather alert issued for Lapeer County

LAPEER — Lapeer County residents who live in low-lying areas should heed caution today as expected heavy rain and thunderstorms forecasted this afternoon and evening may cause localized flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Lapeer County from 2 p.m. this afternoon through Thursday morning.

Thunderstorms containing very heavy rain are forecast to move into the area late this afternoon or evening. Any storm late this afternoon through tonight has the potential to become severe, with damaging wind gusts and flooding from torrential downpours being the biggest threat, while the strongest storms could also produce quarter-size or larger hail.

There is also a tornado threat with this evening’s storms. DTE Energy and Consumers Energy crews in southeast and mid-Michigan have been mobilized in anticipation of possible power outages.

Periods of heavy rain will be possible tonight into early Thursday. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are likely within thunderstorm activity.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Drivers are reminded NOT to drive on roads that may have water over them, as the water may be deeper than it appears and also may be moving at a swift rate that could disable a vehicle.

On Friday and Saturday we finally dry out with temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s, with another chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.

Jeff Hoga

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