DETROIT (WWJ) – Be prepared for torrential downpours — There’s severe weather in the forecast for Southeast Michigan over the next two days.

AccuWeather meteorologist Dean DeVore says there is the potential for strong to severe storms in metro Detroit both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Any of these could have gusty winds, damaging straight-line winds, downpours that could cause some quick flooding in poor drainage areas ponding on roadways, and even some large hail,” DeVore said, “so anything could boil up quickly.”

The National Weather Service says that severe thunderstorms passing across parts of Michigan on Tuesday triggered a suspected tornado. The weather service said a funnel cloud was spotted about 8 miles east-southeast of West Branch.  The weather service says winds gusting to 60 miles per hour knocked down trees and blocked a highway in Crawford County.

Forecasters were keeping an eye on storms moving across the Illinois-Wisconsin border hitting the northern lower peninsula  earlier in the day, but that system missed metro Detroit.

Later, AccuWeather forecasters pushed the best chance for severe weather in Southeast Michigan to late Tuesday night ahead of a third in the forecast for Wednesday.

Meantime, Tuesday could be the hottest day of the year so far, with highs reaching above 90; and it’ll stay warm with highs in the 80s into the weekend.

Here’s the detailed forecast from the CBS Detroit weather team:

Tuesday:  Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms possible. High 91F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with late night showers or thunderstorms. Low 69F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.. Low around 70F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. Heavy downpours are possible. High near 85F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected.

Wednesday Night: Thunderstorms during the evening followed by occasional showers overnight. Low 64F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Thursday: Cloudy skies with a few showers later in the day. High around 80F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 62F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High 81F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. Low 63F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

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