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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a severe thunderstorm and flash flood watches for parts of southwest Michigan and counties near the Indiana state line.



Meteorologist Jim Maczko says there is potential for wind damage and downed trees in the Grand Rapids area.



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Storms spawning hail, lightning and strong winds are covering much of the Midwest as they roll east. Tornado warnings have been issued in several counties in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.



One to three inches of rain could be dumped on parts of southwest Michigan within a couple of hours.



Maczko says officials are watching the line of storms as they develop and move east, and that "the worst of this weather is really going to be coming into Michigan when the sun goes down."

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