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Severe Weather in Michigan

 In 2010 severe weather across the state was responsible for one death, twenty-two injuries, and over $360 million in damages. On behalf of the citizens of Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed the week of March 27, 2011 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.  The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages residents to review tornado safety procedures, and have a preparedness plan in place. With already an unusual high numbers of severe weather incidents in the southern states, it is quiet possible, Michigan could experience a more active severe weather season this year.

Storm Based Warnings

On October 1, 2007, NOAA’s National Weather Service began issuing Storm Based Warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and marine hazards. Storm Based Warnings are more geographically specific for these short-duration weather events. These warnings are more specific to an area of threat and not geopolitical boundaries such as county lines. By focusing on the true threat area, the National Weather Service will be able to improve accuracy and quality.

 Please see related documents (2011 Michigan Severe Weather Awareness) for more information on severe weather and preparedness tips or visit

“Best Available Shelter”

Building Tornado Damage Investigation

Tornado Facts

Previous informational links:

New National Tornado Safety Messagefrom the NWS and the American Red Cross – July 2009

Change in Severe Weather Warning for Genesee County



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