Nov. 17 TornadoesNovember 21st, 2013 at 2:38 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
The first graphic is one Cort linked to and shows the Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook for this Sunday with the severe weather reports (tornadoes, severe wind and severe hail). Overall, they did an excellent job of pinpointing the areas that got hit with severe weather on Nov. 17. The middle picture is trees blown down in Newaygo Co. (courtesy of Newaygo ES) and the third is the tornado path from E. Muskegon Co. into Newaygo Co. (and it may have briefly bounced to the ground along in SE Mecosta and Isabella County. So far, I count 64 confirmed tornadoes, including 4 in Michigan, 26 in Indiana, 7 in Central Illinois, 6 in Northeast Illinois, 5 in the St. Louis warning area, 3 in the Cleveland NWS warning area, 1 in the Louisville KY warning area and 12 in the Paducah KY NWS warning area. There were 2 EF4 tornadoes at New Minden IL and at Washington IL (east of Peoria). The Washington Tornado was a high end EF4 with peak winds of 190 mph! I can’t find a stronger November tornado anywhere in world history. There was an F5 tornado on Dec. 18, 1957 in Sunfield, Illinois and that’s the latest calendar year F5/EF5. The Washington Tornado was on the ground continuously for 46.2 miles, passing through parts of 4 counties and was 1/2 mile wide. The wedge tornado killed only one person (remarkable when you look at the damage) and there were approx 125 injuries. There were seven tornadoes rated EF3. The National Weather Service issued 101 tornado warnings on Sunday. This was just the 2nd time this year that the Storm Prediction Center has issued a High Risk Area. Here’s a historic list of EF5/F5 tornadoes.
In Michigan, 390,000 customers lost power, the most of any state. The Midwest total was over 800,000 customers. There were two fatalities in Michigan. One person was hit by a falling tree in Jackson Co. and another came in contact with a live wire in Shiawassee County. Six fatalities occurred in Illinois. Here’s a write up on the tornadoes in Muskegon/Newaygo County, Otsego County, Cass County (the strongest at EF1), and Ingham County. Tornado warnings were issued for the tornadoes in Muskegon/Newaygo (2:51 pm) and in Cassapolis. Previously, we had just 6 tornadoes in Michigan during the month of November from 1950 – 2013.