Tornado Watch canceled for SE Michigan until 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has canceled a Tornado Watch for southeast Michigan.

The watch was set to expire at 8 p.m. Monday. 

The National Weather Service said the cold front will continue to push through the area tonight bringing scattered thunderstorms through early evening. The severe weather threat has diminished although a few storms may produce 40 mph wind gusts as the storms push east over the next several hours.

Don't forget to download the FOX 2 Weather Authority App, as it will send any possible watches or warnings directly to your phone.

Counties that were included in the watch were: 

Branch
Genesee
Hillsdale
Huron
Ingham
Jackson
Lapeer
Lenawee
Livingston
Macomb
Monroe
Oakland
Sanilac
Shiawassee
St. Clair
St. Joseph
Tuscola
Washtenaw
Wayne

A tornado watch does not mean we will see a tornado. It means that conditions are right and it's possible. That means it's time to plan ahead.

1. Identify the safest location in the lowest level of your home.

2. Develop your plan about how you will communicate if you're at home. 

3. Keep on eye on the weather at myfoxdetroit.com on your computer or smartphones. Download the FOX 2 Weather App for alerts, live radar, and more. All for free.

4. Charge cell phones.

5. Move lawn furniture and outdoor objects-such as trashcans-into the garage.


Know what to look for:

1. Dark, green-tinted sky

2. Large hail

3. Large, dark, low-lying clouds

4. Loud roar

5. Severe storms

6. Tornadoes usually occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

7. Tornadoes usually occur in the late spring and early summer

During a storm:

1. Seek shelter in the lowest level of your home.

2. Stay away from objects that can easily be blown around.

3. Seek additional shelter under sturdy objects such as tables, couches or stairwells

4. If no basement is available, seek shelter in the most interior room of your house.

5. Stay away from windows and doors.

6. Listen to a local media channel or NOAA weather radio for updates.

7. Protect your head from glass and sharp objects with a pillow or blanket.

8. If you are in a car and no shelter is available, pull over and let your surroundings determine your next action to either: Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, and cover your head with your hands and a blanket if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit the car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

9. If you are boating, go to land and seek shelter immediately.

10. If in public, go to the designated shelter areas.


After the storm:

1. Inspect your property and motor vehicles for damage. Look for electrical problems and gas leaks.

2. Avoid and report downed power lines.

3. Check on your food supply.

4. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when you clean up debris.

5. Check and restock and supplies from your emergency preparedness kit that were used.

6. If you suspect home damage, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks.

Tips courtesy of Michigan State Police.


Stay with FOX 2 News for the latest weather coverage. 

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