Confirmed Michigan Tornado – 2 Michigan fatalitiesNovember 18th, 2013 at 12:51 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.