The tornadoes this past weekend was the worst tornado outbreak across our area in years and one of the worst this year in the entire country. With nearly a half a dozen powerful tornadoes, one of which responsible for taking 7 lives makes this outbreak the 2nd deadliest tornado outbreak this year across the entire United States!
Here is the latest information from the preliminary tornado surveys conducted by the National Weather Service for some of the powerful tornadoes that tracked across our area:
Wood & Ottawa County:
Additional Tornado Confirmations:
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 148 AM AT SOUTHARD HIGHWAY AND WOERNER ROAD IN LENAWEE COUNTY. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED 2.5 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST TO SPRINGVILLE HIGHWAY BEFORE LIFTING AT 152 AM. THE PATH WIDTH WAS 250 YARDS WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 90 MPH AS IT CROSSED US 223...WHICH IS CLASSIFIED AT AN EF1. SEVERAL BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED BY THIS TORNADO.
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM ALSO CONFIRMED THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 233 AM AT THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF DETROIT BEACH. THE TORNADO TRACKED 5 MILES TO THE NORTHEAST...REACHING ESTRAL BEACH AT 239 AM BEFORE MOVING INTO LAKE ERIE. BASED ON THE CURRENT FACTS AND KNOWN DAMAGE...THE PATH WIDTH WAS 500 YARDS WITH ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS OF 90 MPH...WHICH IS CLASSIFIED AT AN EF1. THIS TORNADO IMPACTED THE FERMI NUCLEAR POWER FACILITY.