GAYLORD (WWJ) – Photos circulating online of a possible tornado touching down in northern Michigan.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Lutz says there was some severe weather, but a tornado in Gaylord hasn’t quite been confirmed yet:
” We saw a thunderstorm that started to rotate pretty decently on the radar and we issued a tornado warning,” says Lutz. “We haven’t gotten any specific damage reports out of it yet, but we have had several pictures of what looks to be a funnel cloud or something at least coming into contact with the ground over in western Antrim County.”
“We do have local law enforcement checking into it — as well as — we will be sending a survey crew tomorrow morning to see what damage was done if the funnel cloud actually made contact with the ground.”
Lutz says it’s important to coordinate a plan with your family in the event of a tornado.
What’s happening locally? [Check the DTE outage map]
DTE says about 16,000 of its customers are in the dark from downed power lines resulting from the storms.
After Wednesday’s storms — DTE had restored power to all but about 5,500 customers, but today’s storms added another 10,000 customers to the outage number.
DTE officials say more storms are expected Friday — which could leave even more people without power.