Confirmed Michigan Tornado – 2 Michigan fatalities

November 18th, 2013 at 12:51 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

tornado waters   Two fatalities have been reported in Michigan.  Last night a 21-year old man was killed near Leslie when a tree fell on his vehicle.  This morning a 14-year old boy was killed when he came in contact with a live power line.  The National Weather Service in Gaylord has confirmed a small tornado touched down very briefly along I-75 a couple miles south of Waters in Otsego County at 4:27 pm.  The tornado was rated EF0 with winds of 65-75 mph.  The twister was 150 yards wide and traveled 0.3 miles.   This means the winds were similar to many places that saw similar winds in the thunderstorms (70 mph Battle Creek Airport, 67 mph Alma Airport) or with the burst of wind with and behind the cold front (77 mph at the Lighthouse in S. Haven).  This appears to have been the only tornado in Michigan on Sunday.   The Storm Prediction Center lists 83 tornado reports on Sunday (this number will likely get whittled down a little because of duplicate reports) , along with 42 severe hail reports and 546 severe criteria wind reports.   The Consumers Power Outage Map still shows lots of outages.   Be patient with Consumers.  Sometimes a power company can call for help from crews in neighboring states – that’s tough now because the surrounding states are also dealing with power outages.  Also, from the map you can see that we have many separate power outages…not just one big one to fix…there are dozens and dozens of separate outages.    The strong winds today don’t help.  At 1 PM, we’re still getting wind gusts of 25-35 mph.  We may see a few stray flurries this afternoon (just trace amounts) and temperatures should hold in the mid-upper 30s.

30 Responses to “Confirmed Michigan Tornado – 2 Michigan fatalities”

  1. Rick says:

    While there wasn’t a ton of lightning last night, the few I saw lit the sky up green(didn’t see the bolt, just the clouds) in Jenison, and my kids saw it too. It freaked me out at first, but after a couple I didn’t worry so much, it was neat to see, though.

    What would cause the green light?

    1. Brian says:

      Probably electric lines arcing. That will usually look green or blue.

  2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    A friend lost power about 7 last night. Consumers’ estimate to get him back up is 11pm Saturday. He’s not in the boonies either. He lives in Delhi Township just outside of Lansing in a big, really nice neighborhood.

    Home today. No school due to power outage.

    1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

      We lost power last night…came back on. Lost again this morning and they said Friday, but we got it back on a little while ago!!! YAY!!!

  3. Connie Shineldecker says:

    My sister was telling me when I was about 3, which would have been 1953 a tornado went through Bitely, Michigan, in Newaygo County, killing one person. I think I heard yesterday no one remembered a tornado in Michigan this time of year.

  4. John says:

    Consumers typically puts an estimated time they believe the power will be back on but generally the power comes back on a couple days before their estimate! They make these long estimates because they don’t want anyone to be mad at them if the power doesn’t come back on by the time they said it would be back on!

  5. Cort S. says:

    Yesterday’s storm reports overlaying the high, moderate, and slight risk outlook from 13Z:

    The tornado in northern Michigan is the 7th November tornado to occur in Michigan since 1950.

    1. ryan says:

      Thats as close to a perfect forecast that you can get

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Nice graphic!

    3. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

      Nice graphic Cort. Also as always, great coverage yesterday.

  6. INDY says:

    Mother Nature Can Be A Beast Sometimes!! Lk Michigan Saved Us From All The Tornados Yesterday!!!! My Thoughts With folks That Don’t Have Anything Left!! INDYY….

    1. Cort S. says:

      Lake Michigan did nothing yesterday, let’s make that clear. The storm mode evolved to be quasi-linear in Michigan instead of supercelluar. This may be due to the orientation of the shear vectors vs. the orientation of the storm line, and/or the strength of the forcing this far north overpowered any capping which might have otherwise kept storms more broken/isolated.

      1. INDY says:

        Yup just a squall line no super cell storms in West Michigan!! Lk Michigan saves us a lot!!! INDYY

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          What part of “Lake Michigan did nothing yesterday” is hard to understand?

        2. INDY says:

          What part of berry don’t we understand ???? Pee wee!! INDYY

        3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Reading comprehension isn’t one of Undys strong points.

        4. Barry in Zeeland says:

          It is amazing how he can even put down one of the most knowledgeable people on the blog in Cort and still has no idea of how to add anything of substenance to help further the blog.

        5. INDY says:

          berry u should think before u post!! pee wee!! INDYY

        6. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Once again your maturity level just shines through for all to see.

        7. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Actually now that I think about it Undy doesn’t have any strong points.

        8. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Substenance is too big of a word for him to understand. You might want to tone it down to more of a second grade level for him.

        9. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

          Indy must be drinking stronger brand of sprite tonight.

        10. INDY says:

          Like father like son!!! INDYY

  7. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Two points for the NWS. Their ‘moderate’/'high’ risk prediction map was pretty much on the money for the places that got hit (except for a few tornadoes that popped up just below the ‘high’ area that were in ‘moderate).
    For all the crap we sometimes give them here for misguided forecasts, hard to find any fault with their work over this past weekend.

  8. Bill Chinery says:

    NWS verified that there was an EF0 tornado from Bailey (eastern Muskegon County) to Croton Twp. (Newaygo Co.) on Sunday as well.

  9. Cort S. says:



    1. Cort S. says:

      This is the first tornado in the NWS Grand Rapids warning area since the Dorr tornado on April 26, 2011.

      1. INDY says:

        We think thee YARDofBRICKS had a Tornado never ever have had dirt on the northwest side of out house t’s all over the place!! Maybe a small Tornado!! INDYY!!

        1. Cort S. says:

          Even with so-called straight-line winds, air flow can get pretty chaotic sometimes, especially when there are structures around that chop up the flow and create eddies and turbulence. Kind of like this:

  10. bill n says:

    On November 18,2013 a EF-1 Tornado just south of Cassopolis Mi.This tornado struck in the area around the Cassopolis HS. A funnel cloud was also reported in Cass County the same day near Jones Mi and also on M-62 between Dowagiac and Cassopolis near the intersection of M-62 and Beeson St this was captured on camera by people deer hunting in this area. I seen the photo. Ill try to post it. Its definitely a funnel cloud. They watch it approach went to a low area in bean field. As it went over them from SW to NE they stated the wind gusted they believe to be over 70 mph for 30 seconds after it passed and as it moved NE the winds stopped. 1/4 size hail pelted them just before the funnels approach. They never seen it touch down. It was low but no debris only small branches and one small tree in the area was toppled. The national weather service confirmed rotation on radar in the area. Although one confirmed touchdown was just south of Cassopolis after a damage assessment was completed.

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