Temperatures are heating up in Michigan. Meteorologists say this week, the state will see the some of the highest temperatures of the summer.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning residents in the Midwest to stay safe during the extended period of high heat.
They said people should drink plenty of water, limit their exposure to the sun, and avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
Jim Keysor is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He said with the high heat and humidity severe thunderstorms are a possibility.
“We have one complex of thunderstorms potentially Thursday afternoon and evening, and those could be severe with large hail, damaging winds, even an isolated tornado. Probably fairly quiet Friday and Saturday. And then additional thunderstorms on Sunday. So even though we need the rain we certainly don’t want the severe side of it.”
Keysor said this is the first time since 2012 that Michigan has seen a several days of high heat and humidity.
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A tornado damaged 20 homes and injured at least one person in Saginaw County Wednesday evening.
The National Weather Service says the EF1 tornado touched down near Brant and Saint Charles right before 6pm. It was packing winds of 90 to 100 miles per hour.
Matt Mosteiko is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
He said that severe weather can be hard to predict, especially when it’s tied to warm fronts.
“Usually along that warm front it’s really tricky to have to forecast any type of severe weather so lots of times we will mention there will be severe weather possible near that warm front, but there really wasn’t a whole lot of ingredients that were favorable earlier in the day so it was kind of a ‘nowcast’ as far as meteorologically. Soon as we saw that a storm was coming together and getting more organized that’s when we put out that tornado warning.”
The storm was on the ground for 13 minutes, and left a damage path up to 300 yards wide. Mosteiko said there was one minor injury, and that treatment was refused.
He also said the storm had a rotating updraft in it. A rotating updraft is also known as a mesocyclone. That means air rises and starts to rotate around a vertical axis thus forming a tornado.