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      Sunshine Monday gives ground to clouds and rain Tuesday

      The sunshine will return for a brief time Monday leading to a pleasant day. Clouds return Tuesday along with a good shot at some rain and a few thunderstorms.

      Heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed parts of Michigan Sunday night with flooding and even a few buildings damaged in the Grand Rapids area.

      Fortunately, thunderstorms over Northern Michigan remained below severe levels Sunday night although they did drop some torrential rains in parts of Mecosta/Isabella counties. Radar estimates that a narrow band of rain dropped between 4 and 6 inches of rain in a couple hours time last night in Southern Mecosta County from near Morley/Stanwood into the Rustford area prompting a Flash Flood Warning until 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon for that area. Mcbride in neighboring Montcalm County picked up 4.82" of rain since last night.

      There was also storm damage further downstate in Kentwood south of Grand Rapids. The National Weather Service says that there was heavy damage to an industrial building along with damage to homes and vehicles in Kentwood. The National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids will be heading out there today to survey the damage and determine estimated wind speed and decipher whether or not a tornado caused the damage.

      Skies will clear out Monday with sunshine breaking through for the majority of the day giving us a little break from any rain. Highs Monday will range from 69F at Sault Ste. Marie and Manistee to 81F at Clare.

      It will be short lived though as clouds race back in Monday night with scattered showers/thunderstorms developing around/after midnight. Tuesday will be a gray day with occasional rain and thunderstorms passing over Northern Michigan. Highs Tuesday will be kept down due to the clouds and the passage of a cold front later in the day with temperatures only in the upper-60's. A shower remains possible Wednesday with daytime highs midweek a good 15 degrees below normal, only in the mid-60's Wednesday.