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31augAll DayEscanaba (Delta County, MI)

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Start Time:  5:31 pm EDT

End Time:  5:32 pm EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds:  95 mph

Path length:  0.61 miles

Width:  200 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

County:  Delta

State:  Michigan

Start Lat/Lon:  45.7392 / -87.1611

End Lat/Lon:  45.7482 / -87.1588


An unusual low-topped supercell with no lightning produced a brief spin-up tornado west of Escanaba on Monday evening, August 31st. The rotating wall cloud and lowering funnel were observed by travelers on US 2 as the tornado initially touched down near Pete’s Pick N Pull Auto Parts snapping and knocking down several trees and utility poles. A couple of trees fell on one residence in this vicinity. The tornado crossed US 2 moving northeastward causing extensive damage to several storage units at Pine Ridge Storage. The tornado continued northeastward into a wooded area where hundreds of trees were snapped and uprooted. As the thunderstorm collapsed the the damage evolved into downburst wind damage near the end of it’s path. The tornado was very brief and short-lived lasting less than two minutes.


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