severe thunderstorms http://michiganradio.org en Thunderstorms knock down trees, black out 150,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thunderstorms-knock-down-trees-black-out-150000-michigan <p>WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A series of severe thunderstorms has hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula, packing winds of up to 50 miles per hour that knocked down trees, ripped roofs off buildings and blacked out at least 150,000 homes and businesses.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reports 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township in suburban Detroit on Sunday afternoon. It reports 50 mph wind gusts in neighboring Macomb County.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:29:08 +0000 The Associated Press 18520 at http://michiganradio.org How do Brighton schools deal with severe weather? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-brighton-schools-deal-severe-weather <p>Emergency sirens sounded across much of Southeast Michigan during thunderstorm and tornado warnings yesterday, just as many schools were letting students out for the day. This caused&nbsp; some parents to wonder: What’s being done with my kid?</p><p>We talked with Greg Gray, the superintendent of Brighton Area Schools, about how the district dealt with Monday's severe weather.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:15:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 17584 at http://michiganradio.org How do Brighton schools deal with severe weather? And then it rained... Crews work to clean up after storms hit Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/and-then-it-rained-crews-work-clean-after-storms-hit-michigan <div class="story"><div id="Main"><p></p><p>Southeast Michigan was hit with torrential downpours last night and social media was abuzz with photos and videos.</p><p>In Ann Arbor, the city turned into a bit of a water park:</p><p><iframe class="vine-embed" src="https://vine.co/v/hz2VJOm1Jae/embed/simple" frameborder="0" height="600" width="600"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://instagram.com/p/bE4XsuOr-R/#">Other people water skiied behind cars.</a></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:36:49 +0000 Mark Brush 13294 at http://michiganradio.org And then it rained... Crews work to clean up after storms hit Michigan Regardless of skepticism, derechos are still scary http://michiganradio.org/post/regardless-skepticism-derechos-are-still-scary <p>There's an alarming red banner at the top of weather.com's <a href="http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Ann+Arbor+MI+USMI0028:1:US" target="_blank">Ann Arbor page</a>: "BEWARE: Dangerous Commute Ahead!"</p><p>If the storm does turn into a derecho, there's reason to worry. Driving through one is <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtauyyeF-mo" target="_blank">intense</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:57:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13018 at http://michiganradio.org Regardless of skepticism, derechos are still scary In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-diane-hathaway-sentenced-additional-funding-schools-weather-update <p><strong>Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice sentenced to jail time</strong></p><p>“Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced to one year and one day in federal custody, for the crime of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say Diane Hathaway illegally concealed a million dollars in assets, so she could qualify for favorable terms on a short sale of one of her homes in Michigan. The defendant had hoped to avoid prison time,” Michigan Radio's Vincent Duffy <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-supreme-court-justice-hathaway-sentenced-12-months-and-one-day">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools could see increase in state funding</strong></p><p>“Michigan public schools would see more state funding under a budget plan approved by the state House. Every school would see at least a five-dollar per-pupil boost. Schools getting the minimum amount from the state could receive up to 60 dollars more per student. The state Senate is expected to take up the education budget today,” Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Strong winds and funnel clouds cause damage in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The National Weather Service reported several funnel cloud sightings in Michigan last night, including a tornado that landed near Goodrich High School southeast of Flint. No injuries were immediately reported. The weather service says high winds in the same severe thunderstorm system heavily damaged several homes, toppling numerous trees and power lines," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:53:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12782 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update