Until 10 PM

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids and northern Indiana issues a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joe, and Branch counties until 10 PM.  Damaging wind gusts of 60 mph or greater are the primary concern.  Large hail of 1" in diameter or larger is a close second.  We'll be tracking storm development with Live Doppler Radar throughout your afternoon and evening.  Storm motion is easterly at 30 to 50 mph.  Stay with for the latest weather information!

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Tips for staying in touch while traveling abroad

Updated: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - If you're traveling abroad anytime soon there are several smartphone apps that can help you stay in touch with loved ones back home for free.

The Facebook Messenger allows you to text, record voice messages and make phone calls to other friends who have the app.

Facebook is also the owner of "What's App" which allows you to send photos, messages and phone calls over a wireless network.

Libon and Viber are two other similar services worth checking out. Both use your data plan to send and receive message but do not charge you for actual minutes during phone calls.

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