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Severe weather outlook for Wednesday

There's an Enhanced Risk (3 of 5) for severe weather Wednesday, with the highest risks from large hail and tornadoes.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The potential for severe thunderstorms has increased for Wednesday, April 5, including a higher risk for large hail and tornadoes, along with damaging thunderstorm wind gusts.

Severe Weather Risks

An Enhanced Risk means numerous severe thunderstorms possible, with some persistent and/or widespread storms. A few tornadoes, several reports of wind damage and damaging hail are possible.

Tornado Risk

There is a medium risk for tornadoes, with the black-hatched area indicating possible EF-2 tornadoes or stronger.

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Tornado Risk for April 5, 2023

Hail Risk

There is a medium risk for large hail, with the black-hatched area indicating possible 2"+ or larger.

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Hail Risk for April 5, 2023

Damaging Wind Risk

There is a medium risk for damaging winds of 60+ mph.

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Damaging Wind Risk for April 5, 2023


Thunderstorms are possible Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night with a slight risk one could be severe, mainly north of I-96.

Strong, potentially severe thunderstorms are more likely Wednesday afternoon.

Preparations and Safe Shelter Locations

You should prepare for possible severe weather by charging your electronic devices and check your safe shelter location for quick access.

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Severe Weather Preparations
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Safe Shelter Locations

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As always, stay weather aware Wednesday and continue to watch for updates and continuous weather coverage from our 13 On Your Side Weather team of experienced meteorologists.

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Make it a safe Wednesday!

Chief Meteorologist George Lessens

George is a graduate of Penn State University working for 13 On Your Side for over 42 years. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), a twelve-time MAB® Weathercast Award Winner and two-time EMMY® Award Winner.

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