PHOTO: Storms Bring Severe Weather, Possible Tornado In Northern Michigan

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.

Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest severe weather updates during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. See the live, local radar now at this link.

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