Damage and power outages in wake of fall storm

Powerful thunderstorms Sunday caused damage and power outages across a wide portion of Michigan along with flooding in spots.

A powerful storm system that wreaked havoc across the Midwest and Northern Michigan is exiting with brisk winds and some lake effect snow following in its wake.

As a strong cold front associated with this storm system plowed across Northern Michigan, there were some reports of damage. A viewer called me from the Village of Mecosta in Mecosta County stating that there are three homes damaged just south of the Senior Center there with a large swath of trees blown over. We did pass this along to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids to see if they will survey that area of damage. One person was injured in Clare County by a falling tree.

Elsewhere, numerous trees and power lines were blown over in both Crawford and Roscommon counties leading to power outages and for a time Sunday evening, trees blown down over Interstate-75 near Waters led to the Interstate being shut down in both north/south bound lanes although that his since been reopened.

Flooding also occurred as a tremendous amount of rain fell in a very short amount of time across Northern Michigan. The city of Sault Ste. Marie dealt with quite a bit of flooding as clogged drains led to standing water in the city Sunday evening. East Jordan, Manistee, and Traverse City also reported some spots flooding although the water has since receded. We also had a Flood Warning on the Pine River in Chippewa County which crested Monday morning at 18.1-ft, which is about the flood stage of 17-ft. The Pine River will slowly fall below flood stage later Monday.

Strong non-thunderstorm winds also were noted with both Mackinac Island and Northport seeing winds gusting close to 60 mph Sunday night. Downstate, a buoy located offshore of South Haven in Lake Michigan measured a 77 mph wind gust as several spots downstate also have reported some storm/wind related damage as well.

Going forward, while it remains windy Monday, as low pressure moves off into Northeast Canada, the wind will slowly taper off with lake effect snow targeting the snowbelts of Northwest Lower Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula where 2-3" of snow could fall in places like Newberry and Gaylord. Any lake effect snow will end by midnight with some sunshine making a return appearance Tuesday.