Campers caught in 72 mph winds

Ludington State Park Manager Jim Gallie, left, and park supervisor Dan Adams, right, survey the damage in the Pines Campground Thursday.


owerful early morning thunderstorms have left a path of damage at Ludington State Park in Mason County.

The storms struck Thursday around 4:45am, although no severe thunderstorm warning were issued, with the strongest winds passing through around 5:40 a.m.

Winds at the Big Sable Lighthouse gusted to 72 mph officially.
According to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, numerous trees were toppled in a west-east orientation from the lighthouse to the park entrance.

There are reports of damage to camper trailers, vehicles, and possibly a park building.

According to 7&4 Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix, additional thunderstorms are possible in this area throughout the day Thursday as a cold front passes by.