It is a fact that Michigan has seen damage from small "tidal waves", generated on Lake Michigan, called meteotsunamis. Downtown Manistee got hit by one in April and Traverse City had one in June. These small, but potentially deadly, waves are formed when wind, usually ahead of a strong thunderstorm, pushes a large amount of water in front of it. These "waves" don't get very high, but they can raise the water level by several feet when they finally come ashore.

Adding to the problem is a drop in air pressure ahead of the storm can make the waves higher. According to, Lake Michigan and Lake Erie will get special air pressure sensors that will update the situation every minute, which should provide better warning for anyone in the path of one of these.


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