State Police: Stay Alert for Severe Weather; Storms Expected Across Northeast Lower and Southeast Upper Peninsulas

Contact: Dale R. George, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-284-3962

Oct. 3, 2018

With severe weather expected to affect the northeast Lower Peninsula and southeast Upper Peninsula today, the Michigan State Police is encouraging residents and visitors to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if storm warnings are issued.

The National Weather Service has issued an Enhanced Severe Weather Outlook for the northeast Lower Peninsula and southeast Upper Peninsula, forecasting the possibility of severe thunderstorms that could produce damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes. The greatest risk for severe weather is from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“If you’re heading out and traveling tonight, plan ahead and monitor the latest weather conditions,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “We want everyone to stay aware and be prepared to seek shelter if a storm warning is issued for their area.”

To prepare for severe weather:

  • 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. Doublecheck to ensure there are supplies for your pets.
  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination and plan accordingly.

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.