06 April 2018

Local 4 News at 4 -- April 20, 2017

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>> Ben: HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW, PLENTY OF DOWNPOURS AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING AS STORMS INVADE SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN. THE ROUGHEST STUFF MAY BE YET TO COME. THE SEVERE THREAT FOR TONIGHT, ALL "FIRST AT 4." >> Karen: I'M KAREN DREW. "FIRST AT 4," TRACKING SEVERE WEATHER IN METRO DETROIT. HAIL, HIGH WINDS AND TORNADOES ARE A POSSIBILITY. SO LET'S GET RIGHT TO BEN BAILEY, IT'S CRITICAL THIS AFTERNOON. >> Ben: WE COULD SEE A TORNADO, BUT SO FAR WE'O,VE BEEN LUCKY THA NONE OF THE STORMS EXCEPT AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS, WE HAD A SEVERE WARNING FOR LIVINGSTON COUNTY, OTHERWISE A MACE OF DOWNPOURS AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING AS THE STORMS ARE STARTING TO CONGEAL AND VERY FEW PLACES SHOWING UP DRY RIGHT NOW. WE TAKE THE LIGHTNING STRIKES OFF AND LOOK AT HOW INTENSE THE LIGHTNING IS. POCKETS OF ORANGE AND RED, WHERE

THE INTENSE DOWNPOURS ARE HAPPENING. IT WILL SLOW FOLKS UP ON THE COMMUTE HOME AS WE GET THROUGH THE NEXT FEW HOURS. FURTHER TO THE SOUTH, THE RAINFALL RATES COMING DOWN AT ALMOST 3 INCHES AN HOUR. MOVING TO THE NORTHEAS AT 40 MILES PER HOUR. WE HAD A WARNING AROUND DEFIANCE THAT HAS BEEN CANCELED. SOME OF THE DRIER AREAS, BEHIND THAT ROUND OF STORMS, WE'RE STARTING TO SEE MORE STORMS FIRE ACROSS NORTHERN PARTS OF INDIANA. WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE OF THIS SEVERE WEATHER THREAT. OUR BRANDON ROUX IS STANDING BY IN THE WEATHER CENTER. IT'S BEEN AN ACTIVE DAY IN THE WEATHER CENTER ALREADY. >> Brandon: STARTING THIS MORNING WITH RUMBLES OF THUNDER. AND SOMETIMES THE ATMOSPHERE GETS WORKED OVER, AS YOU KNOW. BUT WE'RE WATCHING THE POSITION OF THE WARM FRONT AND COLD FRONT OF BOTH ENHANCING THE STORMS AND

THEN PUTTING A QUICK END. MORE ON THAT COMING UP. >> Ben: YOU'RE RIGHT, THAT WILL BE KEY AND WE'LL DISCUSS THAT IN A FEW MINUTES. WE'RE ALL UNDER A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 8:00 P.M. TONIGHT. THIS IS FROM LIVINGSTON, OAKLAND, AND MACOMB CUTS FURTHER SOUTH. -BY THE TIME WE GET TO 10:00, WE THINK THE STORM THREAT WILL BE DONE, BUT THERE'S A CHANCE WE COULD BE SEEING ACTIVITY PAST 8:00 P.M. BRANDON AND I WILL BE BACK TO DISCUSS THAT IN A FEW MINUTES. KAREN? >> Karen: THINGS CAN CHANGE QUICKLY AND WE WILL BE CHECKING WITH BEN, ALSO AT 5:00 AND 6:00. YOU CAN LOOK AT LIVE RADAR ANYTIME YOU WANT WITH OUR FRE LOCAL4CASTERS APP. SEARCH FOR WDIV IN YOUR APP STORE. >>> BREAKING NEWS OUT OF PARIS. POLICE ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE CHAMPS

ELYSEES, ONE OF THE BIGGEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT! NBC IS REPORTING TWO POLICE OFFICERS CAME UNDER FIRE AND ONE HAS DIED. THE ATTACKER WAS ALSO KILLED. POLICE CARS ARE SWARMING ALL AROUND THE AREA AS IT HAS BEEN EVACUATED. WE'LL BE FOLLOWING THE SITUATION AND WILL BRING YOU UPDATES AS WE KNOW MORE. >>> BREAKING NEWS IN THE LONG SEARCH FOR A 15-YEAR-OLD TENNESSEE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED WITH HER FORMER TEACHER. SHE HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE. DEVIN SCILLIAN JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FROM THE NEWSROOM. WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR? >> Devin: THE TEACHER IS IN CUSTODY AND THE TEENAGER IS SAFE. BOTH FOUND IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, A LONG WAY FROM TENNESSEE. AN AMBER ALERT WAS ISSUED BACK ON MARCH 13th AFTER 15-YEAR-OLD

ELIZABETH THOMAS WENT MISSING. TWO DAYS LATER, SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM A WALMART IN OKLAHOMA CITY CAPTURED HER WITH TAD CUMMINS, HER FORMER HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER. HE WAS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE SCHOOL FOR KISSING THE GIRL IN A CLASSROOM BUT THEN BOTH DISAPPEARED. SHE TOLD INVESTIGATORS SHE WAS AFRAID OF HIM AND SAID SHE THOUGHT SHE WOULD FACE REPERCUSSIONS IF SHE RESISTED HIM. THE PAIR WAS FOUND AT A COMMUNE. AUTHORITIES WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE SOMETIME WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR OR SO AND EXPECT TO HAVE MORE ON LOCAL 4 NEWS AT 5:00. >> Karen: GOOD NEWS, SHE IS SAFE. >>> "FIRST AT 4," ROSEVILLE MAN TICKETED FOR LEAVING HIS CAR RUNNING IN THE DRIVEWAY LOST HIS BATTLE IN COURT. THE STORY WENT VIRAL BACK IN JANUARY. NICK TAYLOR STARTED HIS CAR TO

WARM IT UP AND THEN WENT BACK NCHLTDZ FIVE MINUTES LATER, HE HAD A TICKET. A CITY ORDINANCE SAYS YOU AREN'T ALLOWED TO LEAVE A PARK CAR WITH THE MOST RUNNING AND KEYS IN THE IGNITION. HIS ATTORNEY SAID IT SHOULDN'T APPLY BECAUSE HIS CAR WAS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. >> YOU CANNOT EVEN GET A DUI IN YOUR OWN DRIVEWAY. A DRIVEWAY IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE STATUTE IS NOT APPLICABLE TO ONE'S OWN PRIVATE DRIVEWAY, IT'S FOR STREETS AND HIGHWAYS ONLY. >> Karen: THE JUDGE SAYS IT APPLIES BECAUSE IT'S IN THE PUBLIC'S BEST INTEREST TO PREVENT CAR THEFTS AND KEEP AUTO INSURANCE RATES FROM RISING. HIS FINE WAS PAID FOR BY A STRANGER WHO FELT THE TICKET WAS UNFAIR. >>> THE DETROIT WATER DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED SHUTTING OFF WATER TO THOUSANDS OF CUSTOMERS WITH DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS. NOTICES HAVE BEEN SENT TO NEARLY

18,000 RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS. IF YOU'RE DELINQUENT, YOU CAN PAY ONLINE BY PHONE, OR AT KIOSKS AT THE WATER DEPARTMENT OR RITE AID DRUG STORES. YOU C TALK TO DTE ABOUT THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE. >>> GENERAL MOTORS IS STOPPING ALL OPERATIONS IN VENEZUELA AFTER THE PLANT THERE WAS SEIZED BY AUTHORITIES. GM IS CALLING THE TAKEOVER AS AN ILLEGAL SEIZURE OF ITS ASSETS AFTER THE GOVERNMENT REMOVED CARS FROM THE COMPANY'S FACILITIES. IT'S UNCLEAR WHY THE COUNTRY SEIZED THE PLANT, BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS BLAMED AMERICAN COMPANIES FOR ITS ECONOMIC STRUGGLES. GENERAL MOTORS SPLOIS NEARLY 2700 WORKERS AND HAS 79 DEALERS IN THAT COUNTRY. >>> "FIRST AT 4," WE'RE ON TOP OF STORIES MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON. LET'S START IN SOUTH KOREA WHERE AN INTERNATIONAL GAME OF CHICKEN

CONTINUES, THOUGH THE STAKES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH. THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH KOREA ARE HOLDING MORE JOINT TRAINING EXERCISES TODAY. THEY CONTINUE AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS SQUARING OFF AGAINST NORTH KOREA OVER RECENT MISSILE TESTS IN THAT COUNTRY'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. >>> LOOK AT THIS LAUNCH OF A RUSSIAN SPACE CAPSULE, TAKING TWO ASTRONAUTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE ROCKET CARRIED ONE RUSSIAN AND ONE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT TO THE SPACE STATION. THE TRIP TOOK JUST 6 HOURS. THE TWO MEN WERE WELCOMED ABOARD THE SPACE STATION AND JOINING THE CREW UNDER THE COMMAND OF ASTRONAUT PEGGY WITSON, HOLDING THE RECORD FOR THE LONGEST IN SPACE. >>> HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE BURIED? WE'RE LEARNING ABOUT A GREEN BURIAL, FRIENDLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT BUT MAYBE IT MAKES YOU A LITTLE NERVOUS.

PAULA TUTMAN SHOWS US WHAT A GREEN BURIAL CEMETERY LOOKS LIKE. >> Paula: IT'S JUST STARTING TO RAIN GENTLY OUT HERE. IF YOU LOOK AROUND, IT'S STILL REALLY, REALLY BEAUTIFUL! IT'S VERY PEACEFUL AND NATURAL. THAT'S THE ENTIRE PURPOSE OF A GREEN BURIAL. JIM STANDS AT THE GRAVESITE OF HIS BELOVED RUTH, DIED LAST YEAR OF CANCER. AT HER GRAVESITE, NATIVE MICHIGANING PLANTS ARE PUSHING UP TO CATCH THE EARLY SPRING AIR. A HANDFUL OF PEBBLES WITH HAND PAINTED STONES ARE HER MARKER. THERE IS SADNESS BUT ALSO PEACE. >> FOUND A GREAT SPOT HERE. >> Paul: THEY DECIDED ON A GREEN BURIAL, ONLY IN THIS COUNTRY FOR ABOUT A DECADE. MORE AND MORE A DECIDING WHEN THEIR TIME COMES, THUL RETURN TO THE EARTH AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. >> IT'S LIKE A PASTURE AND EVERYTHING IS NATURAL.

PEACEFUL ON THE EYE. IT FEELS GOOD. >> Paula: ON ONE SIDE OF THE CEMETERY IN WATERFORD, A TRADITIONAL BURIAL GROUND. ON THOR, THE PRESERVE, THE STATE'S ONLY AREA LIKE THIS WHERE IT'S ALL NAG. THE HEADSTONES ARE NATURAL ROCK THAT ARE ENGRAVED OR MAYBE IT WILL BE INSCRIBED ON THE NATURAL STONE. SOME CHOOSE A SHROUD BURIAL. >> WE CAPTAIN USE TRADITIONAL EMBALMING, BUT PEOPLE CAN BE PLACED IN THE SHROUD, WE CLEANSE THEM AND THEY'RE PLACED IN THE SHROUD. >> Paula: OTHERS IN FIBER COTTONS. >> IT CAN B MADE OUT OF WOODOR BAMBOO OR COTTON. THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS THAT IT'S BIODEGRADABLE. >> Paula: RETURNING TO THE EARTH EVENTUALLY LEAVING A ZERO FOOTPRINT. >> IN A TRADITIONAL CEMETERY, YOU HAVE THE CASKET. BUT THIS WILL GO DIRECTLY INTO

THE EARTH. >> Paula: HE WILL REJOIN HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE OF 48 YEARS AND THEY WILL RETURN TO NATURE TOGETHER. AS WITH ANY BURIAL, YOU HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF OPTIONS. THESE TEND TO BE ON THE LOW END, 10-15% LOWER THAN A TRADITIONAL ONE BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE THE HEAVY CASKET COST OR THE LINER COST OR EMBALMING COST. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE DOING IT BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER AND THEY WANT TO RETURN TO THE EARTH NATURALLY. PAULA TUTMAN, LOCAL 4. ♪♪ >> Karen: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, PAULA. >>> A NEW DATA BREACH PUTS CREDIT CARDS AT RISK. THE NATIONAL CHAINS AFFECTED AND HOW YOU CAN FIND OUT IF YOUR INFORMATION WAS COMPROMISED. >>> WITNESSES COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT THEY WERE SEEING, A DISTURBING ATTACK IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. THE DISTURBING VIDEO IS NEXT.

>> Ben: THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE ON TOP OF US. 94 INTO THE CITY WILL BE A MESS HERE FOR THE NEXT HOUR OR SO. AND THE SECOND ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS COULD BE STRONGER. WE'LL LOOK AT THAT NEX >> Shawn: THIS IS BONITA, AND BONITA IS BACK! >> I'M HAPPY, REALLY GRATEFUL FOR EVERYBODY. ME, MY SISTER, MY OTHER DOG, JUST HAPPY! >> Shawn: SO WHAT REALLY HAPPENED HERE WITH BONITA AND A LOCAL RESCUE, COMING UP. >> Karen: THIS VIDEO STUNNED PEOPLE IN PHILLY AND NOW THE COUNTRY IS TALKING ABOUT IT. THREE MEN ATTACKED THIS MAN LEAVING A JOB INTERVIEW AND THEY BEAT HIM UNTIL HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS. SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAPTURED THE IMAGES LAST SATURDAY. THE MEN STOLE THE VICTIM'S CELL PHONE, WALLET, AND MONEY. THE VICTIM IS RECOVERING AND SHOULD BE OKAY EVENTUALLY. >>> THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE NEED TO

KEEP A CLOSER EYE ON THEIR CREDIT CARD BILLS IN THIS "HELP ME HANK" "CONSUMER ALERT." THE COMPANY THAT RUNS HOLIDAY INN, CROWNE PLAZA, AND OTHER CHAINS SAY HACKERS HAVE STOLEN CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. ANYONE WHO VISITED THE LOCATIONS BETWEEN LATE SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER OF 2016 MIGHT BE AFFECTED. WE HAVE POSTED A LINK TO A SITE TO CHECK IF YOU STAYED AT ONE OF THE HOTELS AFFECTED OR T "HELP ME HANK" PAGE AT CLICKONDETROIT.COM. >>> THIS IS NORTHWEST OF DES MOINES, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS BROKE OUT LAST NIGHT BRINGING HAIL AND HIGH WINDS. THIS CAR DEALERSHIP TOOK QUITE A BEATING. NO REPORTS OF SERIOUS DAMAGE OR INJURIES. WE'RE KEEPING OUR EYES TO THE SKIES BECAUSE THE WEATHER IS IN OUR BACKYARD AND GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER. >> Ben: SEVERE THREAT OUT THERE WILL LAST ANOTHER FEW HOURS.

WE WERE UNDER AN ENHANCED RISK FOR SEVERE WEATHER FOR MUCH OF THE DAY WHICH WAS THIS THIRD CATEGORY HERE. IT'S BEEN DOWNGRADED TO SLIGHT FOR ALL OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, BUT THAT MEANS WE COULD BE SEEING SOME STRONG THUNDERSTORMS, AND WE'VE GOT OUR SHARE OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING. WE TAKE THE LIGHTNING STRIKES OFF, YOU CAN SEE HOW INTENSE THE RAIN IS. IF YOUR COMMUTE TAKES YOU ALO I-94, I-75, SOUTH, AND THE HEAVY RAIN IS IN MONROE COUNTY. THEY'RE NOT SITTING OVER THE SAME SPOT FOR A LONG TIME. THAT'S GOOD NEWS. BUT YOU LOOK BEHIND THIS BATCH OF THUNDERSTORMS INTO WESTERN MICHIGAN, AND STUFF IS FIRING AGAIN. NOW WE HAVE WARNINGS THAT ARE SHOWING UP THAT ARE JUST WEST OF COLDWATER, WITH THAT LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS WE ANTICIPATE IT WILL ELONGATE AND SEE MORE DEVELOP THROUGH THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

IT'S ONL 60 DEGREES OUT THERE AT METRO. WE'VE HAD THE LOW CLOUD AND EVEN FOG AROUND FOR MUCH OF DAY. VISIBILITY AT METRO IS 3 MILES AND SHOWERS AND THUNDER AS WE SPEAK AT METRO. BUT THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE. A LOT OF FOLKS TOLD ME TODAY, IT'S TOO COLD TO SEE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. BUT WE'LL SEE A DRASTIC SHIFT IN HOW THINGS LOOK AND FEEL. LET'S BRING IN OUR BRANDON INGE WHO HAS BEEN LOOKING AT THAT POTENTIAL FOR THE LAST FEW HOURS AND THINGS WILL CHANGE IN THE SHORT TERM. >> Brandon: THE FRONT IS ON ITS WAY. AND IF NOT OR THE RAIN AND CLOUDS, WE WOULD BE WELL INTO THE 70s AND THE WARM FRONT WOO BE MOVING THROUGH. EVEN PRE-WARM FRONT, NOT MUCH IN THE WAY OF REPORTS ACROSS THE STATE. A LOOK AT SEVERE STORM POTENTIAL. THESE ARE STORM REPORTS, BACK

THROUGH JACKSON COUNTY, THEY'VE HAD HAIL, BUT ONLY MARBLE-SIZE. BUNTS IT HITS ONE INCH SIZE, IT'S CONSIDERED A SEVERE STORM. AND FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, 75. MUNCIE 77. EVEN TOLEDO AT 76, AND THE WARMER AIR IS PUSHING CLOSER AND CLOSER. WE ANTICIPATE THE WARM FRONT IS ALONG ANN ARBOR AND METRO AIRPORT. AGAIN, THE TEMPERATURES DON'T NECESSARILY TELL THE STORY BECAUSE OF RAIN-COOLED AIR AND THE CLOUDS. WE'RE SEEING A SURGE OF WARM AIR, THE DEW POINTS ARE UPPER 50s TO LOW 60s. THE WARM FRONT AND HIGHER DEW POINTS ARE A COUPLE OF TRIGGER POINTS WE'LL KEEP WATCHING THROUGH THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR TRIGGERS FOR THE POTENTIAL OF DAMAGING WINDS, HAIL, AND THE FLOODING RAINS AND LIGHTNING WE'RE CURRENTLY SEEING. >> Ben: A FEW MORE HOURS TO GO. WE'LL BE BACK WITH YOU SHORTLY.

STORM IMPACTS ARE MAINLY GONNA BE FROM DAMAGING WINDS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF HAIL. WE'VE SEEN FREQUENT LIGHTNING OUT THERE. THE FLOODING THREAT IS LOWER. IF WE KEEP SEEING THE POCKETS OF RAIN AND THEY TRAIN OVER THE SAME AREAS, WE HAVE TO WATCH THAT. TORNADO THREAT IS NOT ZERO. IT'S LOWER THAN WHAT WE WERE ANTICIPATING. BUT SOME STORMS COULD PRODUCE A TORNADO. LET'S GO HOUR BY HOUR THROUGH THE EVENING. YOU CAN SEE THE SECOND ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS IS GONNA SIT PRETTY MUCH OR TOP OF US BETWEEN 6:00 AND 7:00 P.M. AFTER THAT ROLLS THROUGH, WE'RE PRETTY MUCH IN THE CLEAR EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE SPRINKLES. THIS WILL NOT BE SEVERE FROM 8:00 ON AND THEN START DRYING OUT OVERNIGHT, CLOUDS IN THE MORNING AND WE'LL START BRINGING SUNSHINE BACK INTO FRIDAY. THE FORECAST GETS A LITTLE ROUGH

IN THE EVENING AND THINGS CALM DOWN AS WE GET PAST SUNSET TONIGHT. 46 FOR THE LOW. HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW WILL BE DEMOCRATIC TICKICALLY DIFFERENT. THE METRO NUMBERS AT 54 HERE AT THE AIRPORT, 54 IN THE CITY. SOUTH ZONE TEMPERATURES SIMILAR HERE IN THE MID-50s DOWN TOWARDS THE OHIO STATE LINE. COOLER NUMBERS BUT NOT BY MUCH WHEN YOU GET NORTH OF MICHIGAN AVENUE, 51 IN FENTON AND CLARKSTON, 52 IN FLINT. THE NORTH ZONE, A COUPLE SPOTS IN THE 40s IN SANILAC K OTHERWISE, DRY CONDITIONS PROGRESSIVELY MORE SUNSHINE AS WE GET LATER IN THE DAY AND STAY COOL, HIGHS ONLY IN THE 50s ON SATURDAY, LOW 60s ON SUNDAY. WE SLOWLY MAKE OUR WAY ABOVE AVERAGE NEXT WEEK, AS HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE 70s BY WEDNESDAY. WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST ON THE SEVERE THREAT THROUGHOUT THE NEWSCAST.

>> Karen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. STILL AHEAD, REMEMBER BARRON THE DOG FOUND IN DETROIT WITH EARS AND NOSE CUT OFF? WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON HIM AND WHY TODAY WAS A SPECIAL DAY FOR BARRON AND THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT HIM. >>> ANIMAL LOVERS WILL APPRECIATE THIS INVENTION. NEW W >> Karen: TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MU SEEM BEING BUILT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. THE WINDOWS HAVE A SPECIAL DESIGN TO PROTECT BIRDS, IT'S WINDOWS PRINTED WITH DOTS AND LINES SO BIRDS DON'T FLY INTO THEM. THE SCHOOL WANTS THEM TO TRAVEL SAFELY. IN ADDITION TO HELPING WILDLIFE, IT KEEPS THE BUILDING COOLER IN THE SUMMER TO SAVE ENERGY. >>> DO YOU REMEMBER BARRON? HE'S THE DOG FOUND IN DETROIT WITH HIS EARS AND NOSE CHOPPED OFF. HE BECAME A VIRAL SENSATION AS MANY HEARTS WERE TOUCHED.

SINCE THEN, HE HAS BEEN ADOPTED AND TODAY REUNITED WITH THE MAN WHO RESCUED HIM WHEN HE SAW BARRON WALKING NEAR A BUSINESS IN SOUTHWEST DETROIT. LOTS OF SMILES AND EVERYONE GLAD HE IS DOING BETTER. SADLY, THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE HAS NOT BEEN CAUGHT. >>> WE KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR PETS, SO LOCAL 4 HAS LAUNCHED A NEW PROJECT CALLED ALL 4 PETS. WE HAVE AN ONLINE COMMUNITY AND CATCH STORIES ON TELEVISION AND FOLLOW PET STORIES ONLINE. >>> BEN BAILEY HAS AN UPDATE ON THE "SEVERE WEATHER ALERT," >> Karen: SO "FIRST AT 4," FINALLY. THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER IS HANGING AROUND AND WE NEED TO BE PREPARED AND UNDERSTAND WHEN WE EXPECT CERTAIN SITUATIONS TO HIT CERTAIN AREAS. >> Ben: SO FAR, WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY SEVERE WEATHER, BUT IT COULD CHANGE BECAUSE AS THIS ROUND MOVES OUT, WE'RE LOOKING AT A SECOND LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE IN

WESTERN MICHIGAN. YOU SEE THE ORANGE BOX, THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING. AND LIGHTNING IS FLARING UP. AND WE ANTICIPATE THAT WILL GAIN STRENGTH AS IT HEADS TOWARDS US. WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED. TEAM COVERAGE OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER THREAT. METEOROLOGIST BRANDON ROUX IS IN THE WEATHER CENTER. AND I'LL BE BACK WITH YOU STARTING AT 5:00 TONIGHT. AND WE'LL CONTINUE MONITORING THIS THREAT AS WE GET THROUGH THE NIGHT. BY SUNSET TONIGHT, I THINK WE SHOULD BE IN THE CLEAR. >> Karen: SOUNDS GOOD. THANK YOU, BEN! AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR "FIRST AT 4"! BACK IN A HALF-HOUR WITH LOCAL 4 NEWS AT 5:00.