National Weather Service Issues Tornado Watch in Southeast Michigan


The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Southeast Michigan.

It's in effect until 4 p.m., Wednesday.

According to the NWS's hazardous weather outlook, a powerful low-pressure system will lift into the  Great Lakes bringing a warm and humid air mass preceding a cold front, fueling severe weather.

The potential exists for tornados, hail  and damaging winds.

The main window for severe weather is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The City of Saline announced that its basement is available as a shelter for people who find themselves in need of shelter. City hall is located at 100 N. Harris St.

The Michigan State Police offer these safety tips:

  • Identify the lowest place to take shelter in your home. If a basement does not exist, find an interior hallway away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Go under something sturdy—such as a workbench or stairwell—when taking shelter in the basement or designated spot.
  • Prepare for a power outage by filling plastic containers with water and placing them in the refrigerator and freezer. Cold water bottles will help keep food cool during a power outage and can also be used for drinking water.
  • Charge cell phones and other wireless communication devices.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could be blown around, such as garbage cans and patio furniture.
  • Sign up to receive text or email alerts from your local news media or emergency management agency. Plan a way to stay tuned to commercial radio or television broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms.
  • Ensure emergency preparedness kits are fully stocked with enough food, water and other supplies to last 72 hours per person. Double-check to ensure there are supplies for your pets.
  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip.
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