Powerful thunderstorms early Monday have left thousands without electricity.
Thunderstorms roaming around the periphery of a large hot ridge which is centered over the Central Plains over Missouri led to a stormy night for some. Pieces of energy are riding over the top of this system and into the Upper Great Lakes region touching off thunderstorms.
The worst of the weather was across the Eastern U.P. The Luce County emergency manager reports that the northern portion of Luce County got hit the worst with reports of trees blow down including at the Blind Sucker Campground where a tree fell on a tent although no injuries were reported at this time. Also in Luce County at Muskallonge State Park power lines were blown down. These storms left over 6,600 people without electricity according to Cloverland Electric Cooperative.
Rain was heavy as well with 2.25" falling overnight at Raber in Chippewa County.
Going forward, Northern Michigan will continue to lie on the northeastern edge of this large ridge of hot weather centered over the Plains. A frontal boundary will also lie across the area with thunderstorms developing along that boundary. The remainder of Monday will be warm with some clouds around. Temperatures will spike into the 80's and even a possible 90F temperature. Any thunderstorms Monday will remain very isolated at best.
A more pronounced risk of thunderstorms will sweep in later Tuesday. A cold front will drop in with thunderstorms likely across Northern and parts of Central Lower Michigan later Tuesday. Some of these storms especially late afternoon/evening Tuesday have the potential to become severe. The 7&4 Storm Team will monitor this situation closely and keep you updated.
Drier and somewhat cooler weather arrives late week although temperatures overall are forecasted remain above normal with 80's all the way into next weekend.