BERRIEN COUNTY – A storm warning along Lake Michigan is stirring up winds expected to gust as high as 50 miles an hour and the chance for flooding in parts of Berrien and LaPorte Counties Wednesday and Thursday.
Roaring winds and sideways sand looked nothing like the New Buffalo beach we're used to. Berrien County Emergency Management Coordinator Capt. Corey Burks said people living near the lakeshore should not take the storm warning lightly.
“Take them seriously, don’t just brush them off,” Burks said.
The heavy rain adds an additional element of danger.
“Rain-soaked ground and the wind that comes behind it could potentially blow trees down with that softer ground,” he said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Sabones told WSBT storms like Wednesday’s aren’t unusual in the fall.
“With changing seasons, we see more energetic weather systems moving across our area. That can mean things like stronger cold fronts,” Sabones said.