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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Tornado watch, warning canceled for Isabella County storm

A severe storm passes over South Oak Street at 6:25 p.m. Monday in Mount Pleasant. A tornado warning was issued for the area and a watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. (Jeff Smith/Staff Photographer)

The National Weather Service declared tornado canceled watches and warnings Monday in Isabella County for a storm that produced no reported funnel clouds or damage.

The watch, which was announced at 4:25 p.m. and set to extend until 11 p.m. covered 31 counties throughout Michigan including Midland, Clare, Mecosta and Gratiot, it was cancelled by 9 p.m.

An tornado warning was declared for Isabella County, which expired at 6:45 p.m. The NWS also declared a severe thunderstorm warning through 5:15 p.m. for Isabella County, saying the storm had “damaging winds in excess of 60 mph,” though that warning was canceled following the weakening of a storm.

At 6:40 p.m. Central Michigan University employed it’s emergency notification system, calling campus phones and those with cell phones subscribed to the system warning them of a severe thunderstorm and advising they seek shelter.

At 6:50 p.m. the system was again used to alert students of the tornado warning that expired five minuets earlier. The system was used to deliver the message from 6:50 again at 6:56 and 7:04.


  1. This alert system is a joke. I got over a dozen calls from them saying there was a warning, and at least 5 calls after the warning was over.

  2. 7:44 pm the warning is canceled, according to the cmu alert system

  3. Johnnysmith says:

    that was a weak ass video

  4. So they delivered the tornado warning message after the warning had expired? That’s clearly an issue that someone should address. I suspect that is the reason why I was stuck in the basement of the Student Activity Center along with 200-plus other students for thirty minutes from 6:50 until about 7:20 p.m. on Monday, even though the tornado warning had long since lapsed.

  5. John Holden says:

    The alarm system also went off when the tornado warning was first issued, somewhere around 6:15pm.  At the IAC we were told there was a second warning at about 7:15pm when the storm really started going.

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