COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Branch County and the rest of the border counties in Southwest Michigan got pounded last night with high winds and heavy rains that caused street flooding and brought down trees and power lines with isolated reports of damaged property, but no word of any injuries. One inch hail and wind gusts of at least 50 mph accompanied the storms that saw the initial severe thunderstorm warning for Branch County issued at 6:30 p.m and then a thunderstorm watch was put out 15 minutes later. It expired last night at 11 pm. In between, there were three more severe thunderstorm warnings issued for the county at 6:50 pm, 8:10 pm, and at 8:53 pm.
The Bronson area appears to have been hardest hit with the rain flooding numerous streets, spilling over the curbs into yards, especially on Fremont and South Matteson. The entire town was without electricity for awhile. The first thunderstorm wind damage in Bronson was listed by the National Weather Service at 7:30 with four other NWS storm reports noted up until 8:45 p.m. A number of large trees that came down with the high winds blocked roads at widespread locations in the county. A total of 14 storm related reports in Branch County were listed by the Weather Service.