Police prepare for possible severe weather tonight

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety is preparing for the possibility that severe weather will impact tonight's Coast Guard Festival finale.
Mark Brooky
Aug 5, 2012


Weather forecasts on Friday indicated the potential for severe thunderstorms, strong winds and hail for Saturday night.

With the big influx of people in town Saturday night for the fireworks show, and the ensuing traffic jam afterward, GHDPS officials said they've been working with the Ottawa County Office of Emergency Management to pre-plan mass public notification strategies.

Several options are in place for notifying the public of severe weather, Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said. They include the emergency warning siren, the city's Nixle mass text and e-mail system, mobile public address speakers, and media partners.

"We'll continue to monitor the weather forecast closely and take pro-active measures to ensure that our residents and visitors receive information and instructions regarding potential severe weather," Hawke said Friday.

Click the PDF below this story to see the exit route map for after the fireworks.

The forecast for the Grand Haven area for tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 8 p.m. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


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