DETROIT (AP/WWJ) – High wind and rain from a Midwestern storm has slammed into western Michigan, the first taste of rough weather for much of the Lower Peninsula.


There are no immediate reports of injuries, but Consumers Energy reported thousands of power outages, especially east of U.S. 131 between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

A tornado watch is posted until 8 p.m. EST Sunday for most counties in the Lower Peninsula. A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado.

The National Weather Service also posted flood warnings in the northwestern Lower Peninsula after reports of 1 to 3 inches of rain.

Churches in western Michigan canceled evening worship services. Parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio are at the greatest risk of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.


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