(FOX 2) - A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for all of southeast Michigan until 10 p.m.
Tornado warning was issued until 8 p.m. for Washtenaw County.
The severe thunderstorm moving through the area has 60 mile per hour gusts brings with it half-dollar size hail. The storm is moving quickly through the area at 100 miles per hour.
Counties included in the watch include Wayne, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Monroe, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Lapeer.
Other counties include Bay, Branch, Clinton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Lenawee, Midland, Saginaw, Sanical, Shiawassee and Tuscola.
Thanks to a sharp mix of warm and cold air the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms exists between the hours of 3 to 7 p.m. today. The atmosphere will continue to de-stabilize as moisture and warm air pump in from the south. The passing of a cold front late this afternoon will then "pop the balloon" so to speak, sparking the storms.
The biggest two threats will be damaging winds and lightning. As the storms develop and rain falls, watch for these two elements beginning around 3 p.m.
Most of the stronger storms will wrap up between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. but spotty storms will linger until about 8 p.m.
Perhaps you've heard talk of the chance for an isolated tornado. While that is true, the odds are not very high, therefore the likelihood is low. We will, however, continue to monitor that threat all day long here at the Weather Authority. f anything were to develop, we will let you know ASAP.
Today is a good day to download the free Fox 2 Weather App, where you can keep an eye on real-time conditions and radar.
Following the storms tonight will be much cooler and breezier conditions Friday and into the weekend.