Severe storms destroy a barn and knock over dozens of trees

This picture shows a 100 year old barn destroyed in Thursday's severe thunderstorms southwest of Petoskey.

Severe thunderstorms rocked parts of Northern Michigan Thursday late afternoon into the evening hours leaving behind some scattered damage.

Ample heating in the afternoon hours along with a south wind transporting in lots of moisture Thursday led to unstable conditions with thunderstorms initiating Thursday afternoon.

The worst of the weather appears to have been southwest of Petoskey where thunderstorm winds estimated around 60-70 mph destroyed a 100 year old barn along with multiple trees getting knocked over including a 10-12 inch maple tree that hit a home causing some minor damage.

Northeast Lower Michigan also had rough weather with the Rogers City police department reporting several trees knocked over along County Road 638 between Millersburg and Hawks in Presque Isle County. At Clear Lake State Park along highway M-33 between Onaway and Atlanta, over one hundred trees were knocked over due to strong thunderstorm winds that raced through that area.

Quarter sized hail fell at Elmira in Antrim County and also Frederic in Crawford County.

While widespread severe weather is not expected Friday into Saturday, a few isolated thunderstorms that do develop have the potential to become severe across Northern Michigan with the risk of damaging winds or large hail, especially later Friday evening/night. Cooler weather sweeps in Sunday with high temperatures struggling to get up to 60F to close out the weekend.