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Metro Detroit is in the moderate range for severe storms today; here's what that means

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Posted at 8:13 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 10:18:04-04

(WXYZ) — Severe thunderstorms are likely across all of southeast Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, and the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has the area at a "moderate" outlook for storms.

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Moderate is the second-highest threat from the NWS, just before "high." There are six total severe thunderstorm risk categories: Thunderstorms, Marginal, Slight, Enhanced, Moderate and High.

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Moderate, according to the NWS, is "an area where widespread severe weather with several tornadoes and/or numerous severe thunderstorms is likely, some of which should be intense. This risk is usually reserved for days with several supercells producing intense tornadoes and/or very large hail, or an intense squall line with widespread damaging winds."

According to the 7 First Alert Meteorologists, a few isolated storms are possible by 1 p.m. but a line of strong storms is expected between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The primary threats include damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and possible tornadoes, with hail possible.

Because there will be brief heavy downpours, the risk of flooding is limited, but street flooding is possible.