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Wednesday storms set records

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Large hail, strong wind, tremendous lightning and heavy rain impacted West Michigan from several rounds of storms on Wednesday.

The heaviest rain fell near the lakeshore with reports of more than 4 inches. Both Muskegon and Grand Rapids set new records for daily maximum rainfall. A record rainfall of 3.93 inches was set at Muskegon breaking the old record of 1.29 inches set in 1928. A record 2.08 inches was set at Grand Rapids breaking the old record of 1.52 inches set in 1928.

A few rainfall reports include the following:
5.00” near Norton Shores
3.47” near Ludington
3.07” near Spring Lake
3.00” in Comstock Park
2.41” in Saint Johns
2.10” near Ada
Much of the heavy rain fell in a very short time resulting in flooding and standing water. See the attached image for a map of the rainfall totals provided by the Grand Rapids National Weather Service.

A few reports of large hail include the following:
1.75” (golf ball sized) near Grandville
1.50” (ping pong ball sized) near Byron Center
1” (quarter sized) near New Era and Jamestown

The strong wind gusts of 45-55 mph caused some trees to fall and scattered power outages.
A few of the stronger gusts include the following:
57mph near Dewitt
53mph in East Grand Rapids
45mph near Roosevelt Park

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