When it comes to the storm, Michigan has its own storm advisory for Thursday, Feb. 12
As the storm inches toward the Great Lakes, Gov.
Rick Snyder said Michigan is prepared for what could be a potentially catastrophic storm.
“The governor and the legislature have taken action to prepare for what we believe could be catastrophic weather events in the Great Lake Basin and Lake Michigan,” Snyder said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“This includes a statewide storm warning, additional warning periods, increased evacuation zones and additional personnel, as well as additional preparedness actions, as needed.”
While many of the conditions in Michigan are similar to those in the central United States, there are some major differences.
For one, the lake is far larger, with a lake level above the Great Chicago and the Great Erie Canal.
“In the case of Lake Michigan, the area over which there is a storm warning is only 2,000 acres,” Snyder noted.
“The entire Lake Michigan basin is just under 9,000.”
Snyder said Michigan has more than 2,100 storm-damaged bridges and over 7,000 storm- damaged bridges.
He said more than 40% of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient and need to be repaired or replaced.
He added that nearly one-third of Michigan’s dams are in poor condition.
Snyder also urged the public to use common sense and to avoid all outdoor activities, such as fishing and camping.
“I want people to know that it’s not safe to go outside,” Snyder stated.
If you do need to leave, be careful.
Don’t get trapped or run out of time.”
Sue Scott, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, said the state will have updated traffic plans for Thursday morning, but she did not provide additional information.
While the storm is expected to hit in the afternoon, there is no forecast for the length of the storm.
The National Weather Service said the storm will likely be a Category 3 storm.