TUSCOLA COUNTY, Mich. - Video shows a possible tornado touch down Thursday night in Michigan's thumb region.
Stormchaser @wx_ryan shared the video from the village of Kingston in Tuscola County. Debris is shown flying in the air. The funnel cloud moved east into Sanilac County where a tornado warning was in effect Thursday night.
National Weather Service says the tornado was reported Thursday evening near the Tuscola County community of Kingston. Trees were knocked down and a trailer was flipped over, according to the Associated Press.
The weather service says there also were reports of a funnel cloud near the Tuscola County village of Millington and a possible tornado in Sanilac County, but no severe damage.
No injuries were reported.
Paul Gross explains Thursday's conditions for tornado:
If you read my weather article Thursday, you may recall my extensive discussion about the wind shear that would exist during the afternoon.
If late-afternoon and evening thunderstorms developed, that wind shear would cause some of those storms to rotate, yielding a tornado potential. However, getting those storms to pop was dependent upon us getting enough late-afternoon sunshine. There was a razor-thin margin of error, and now you can see why: While most of us did not receive a late-day storm, a line of showers did develop across our North Zone -- and it appears that one shower dropped a tornado in Tuscola and Sanilac Counties.
Most remarkable is that there was no lightning with the cell! This shows you how critically important that wind shear was: A heavy shower developed, it wasn’t a storm, and yet there was still an impressive enough wind field to generate a tornado.
The National Weather Service will send out a storm survey team today to study the damage path and confirm if it was indeed a tornado (although video I’ve seen suggests that it was), and determine its statistics.
These radar images show the shower which caused the tornado:
Tuscola County is on the western border of Sanilac County in Michigan's Thumb region.
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