3 Tornadoes in SE MI – EF3, EF2, EF0!March 15th, 2012 at 6:43 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The Dexter Twister is an EF3 with winds of 140 mph. It was 7.2 miles long, width up to 800 yards! The Ida tornado is a strong EF2 with winds of 125 mph and a 4.5 mile path. The Ida Tornado was an EF0 with winds of 85 mph and a 1/2 mile path. Check this out. AT LEAST THREE TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS IN SE MI - THE FIRST AT DEXTER (west of Ann Arbor). MAJOR DAMAGE…PROBABLY AN EF3 (or high end EF2) – HOUSES DESTROYED!!! No reports of injuries! …NEW TORNADO AT IDA (Monroe Co.) – vehicles flipped there. A THIRD TORNADO AT COLUMBIAVILLE – DAMAGE – that’s NE of Flint. Here’s SE Michigan Warning Map and Detroit radar. Pictures of tornadoes and huge hail here. 2″ hail by Ann Arbor. Students were running for shelter at U. of M and at Eastern Michigan U. The twister caused major damage in the Huron Farms subdivision. 200+ people homeless. Up to 4 FEET of water on roads near Ann Arbor. 1.5″ hail near Flint. Large hail pelted Dundee (2 separate storms), Akron, Millington, Columbiaville (two separate storms), St. Clair Shores, Dexter (with the tornado), Chelsea, Britton, Temperance, Harbor Beach, Whitmore Lake, Caseville, Elkton, Monroe, Howell, Lapeer, Minden, Pinckney, Kawkawlin, Blissfield, Caro - with 2″ diameter hail for up to 25 minutes at Bay City. They had 2 separate hailstorms in Bay City. Funnel cloud at Pinckney before the tornado was reported at Dexter. Video here and here. Click pictures to enlarge. LIGHTNING HITS HOUSE, STARTS FIRE ACROSS FROM MICHIGAN STADIUM. Michigan averages 16 tornadoes per year. BTW – feels and looks like it’s going to fog in here tonight.
Here’s the last EF3 tornado in Michigan – near Charlotte 8/24/2007 – 40 million dollars damage. The last F4 tornado in Michigan was also in Eaton County in 1977. The last EF3 tornado in Washtenaw. County was 7/15/82. Strong storm now north of Mt. Pleasant. Gust to 70 mph at Davison (Lapeer Co.) along with 1 1/2″ hail. Here’s coverage from Detroit television: NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor News and the Detroit News. Here’s SPC storm reports from today (Thurs.). Severe T-Storm Watch for SE Michigan until 11 PM. In our area, marble-sized hail at Eaton Rapids, 1 1/4″ hail near Clare and in Osceola Co. Pea-marble sized hail fell near Battle Creek, Marshall, Bronson, in Isabella Co., in Ingham Co., in Hillsdale Co., and near Jackson. There was 1″ hail in southern Branch Co., nickel-sized hail near Coldwater, 3/4″ hail at Rives Jct and near Climax in Kalamazoo Co. Hail up to golfball-size fell in N. Indiana. Pictures of huge hail here. Flooding in Ann Arbor video. Roads into Dexter were closed Thursday evening to keep out gawkers and keep the way open for responders.
The high temperature was 74 in G.R. (missed the record high by 1 degree). It did reach 80 in Jackson and Three Rivers, 79 in Kalamazoo, 78 in Lansing, but only 50 (at 5 AM – it was in the mid 40s in the afternoon) at the Muskegon beach.