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Wind, flood advisories remain in effect

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:10 AM

UPDATE (Thursday, 7:20 a.m.): The wind advisory for Ottawa, Allegan, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana and Van Buren counties is now in effect until 5 p.m. today.

The flood advisory is in effect until 2:30 p.m. It covers Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa and Van Buren counties.

The National Weather Service said north winds will gust to near 45 mph at times. The strongest winds will be in open areas and especially on the beaches adjacent to Lake Michigan. Those are the areas where wind gusts to 55 mph are more likely this morning.

Tree limbs may be downed due to the strong winds and scattered power outages could also occur.

A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph or gusts between 45 and 57 mph can be expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

A fall storm has brought sometimes heavy rain across the area and will continue into at least late morning. Storm total rainfall could top 2 inches in some locations by early afternoon.

Runoff from this rainfall will cause minor flooding to occur, especially along small streams and near low water crossings.

The weather bureau says most flood deaths occur in automobiles; and advise motorist to not attempt to cross bridges, dips or other low spots if water covers the roadway. Never try to cross a flowing stream, even a small one, on foot or in a vehicle.

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