Conditions will be favorable for widespread severe weather across the Great Lakes region Sunday, including northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) based out of Norman, Oklahoma has issued a Moderate Risk for the WNWO viewing area, indicating an elevated chance for damaging storms. Specifically, a Moderate Risk means there is a 45% chance of damaging wind gusts occurring within any 25 mile radius inside the risk zone. A Moderate Risk is the second highest of three risk designations that can be issued by the SPC, and is only issued for our area once or twice a year, on average.
The main threat will occur between 4 PM and 9 PM Sunday afternoon and evening, when a line of storms will develop and move in from the west. These rapidly moving storms will be capable of producing wind gusts between 60 and 80 miles per hour, which could easily topple power lines and trees, and blow high profile vehicles such as semi-trucks off the road. There is also an outside risk of a few tornadoes, which may occur earlier in the day ahead of the main line of storms.
You should have a way to actively monitor weather conditions and be prepared to take action. Power outages will also be possible, so have a flashlight handy and make sure your phones are fully charged ahead of time.
Sunday will also be a windy day even without the aid of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Defiance, Williams and Hillsdale (Michigan) Counties from 11 AM to 10 PM Sunday. These places can expect sustained winds between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Winds will mainly be out of the south, switching to the west Sunday evening as a cold front moves through.
The WNWO weather team will be tracking the storms Sunday and will bring you the very latest.