63
      Tuesday
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      Wednesday
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      Thursday
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      Tornado responsible for knocking trees into I-75 traffic

      Sunday's storms that roared throughout northern Michigan created a tornado that made landfall on I-75 in Otsego County.

      Sunday's storms that roared throughout northern Michigan created a tornado that made landfall on I-75 in Otsego County.

      "The circulation of the tornado was likely very close to or over the interstate itself," Jim Keysor, National Weather Service Meteorologist said.

      There is little evidence left that a tornado made landfall on I-75 near the Waters exit. However, Sunday night the northbound lane was closed, because trees landed on the road blocking traffic.

      Since then the timber has been chopped up and is now sitting on the side of the road.

      "They were not on the ground very long when you look at the damage path, it was no more than a third or a half of a mile at most," Keysor said.

      The National Weather Service says the tornado was created when cold and warm fronts clashed.

      It made landfall for two minutes and during that time carried winds between 65 and 75 miles per hour. And has been classified as an EF-0 tornado.

      "To get them this late in the year is pretty unusual in northern Michigan to see a mid November tornado event

      A nd while this tornado was relatively small , meteorologist s say we were lucky it didn't do more damage.

      " Even the weakest of tornadoes , even EF - 0 can do significant damage ," Keysor explained. "I t could blow down walls and windows and take a roof off , I mean these are still significant storms that we need to take seriously ," Keysor said.

      NWS says there are a few other areas around Michigan where survey teams are currently investigating other possible tornados.