Michigan residents deal with wind damage and power loss from storms
A very powerful storm system has moved in over the Midwest in the US, packing winds up to 70 miles per hour with one reported tornado already touching down and damaging buildings near Racine, Wisconsin. The tornado touched down near 21st Street and Green Bay in Racine. The Case Corp. Building in Racine suffered damage as a 200 foot section of the roof was torn way. There are other reports coming out of Racine of residential damage as well. So far no injuries have been reported.
Dangerous winds grounded hundreds of flights at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The heavy winds also interrupted shipping traffic on the Great Lakes overnight as the massive storm system whipped the midwestern portion of the US. The intense low pressure system reached levels equivalent to a category 2 or 3 hurricane as it barreled through this region of the country ripping off roofs and downing trees and power lines. Tornadoes can easily develop in this type of weather as thunderstorms can organize into bands that can bring on the twisters as well as very damaging periods of extremely high winds.
Already this storm is set to be the 2nd most severe on record for the Midwest as it is knocking out power to thousands in its path. This storm has brought with it high winds, hail and tornadoes – which is pretty much everything a heavy storm can consist of in the US. The central pressure of this unusual storm is what is making it so powerful as it is one of the lowest ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, so says a meteorologist working for MDA EarthSat Weather Inc. in Rockville, Maryland. The upper atmosphere wind speeds of this storm are more than 100 mph which is really incredible. This storm is not a six or seven hour wind event but rather is expected to carry on for a couple of days.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for southern lower Michigan. The watch area is very large, consisting of 100 miles east and west of a line that is twenty-five miles southwest of Jackson to thirty miles east/northeast of Houghton Lake.
This storm is sure to break some long-standing records throughout the Midwest. You just don’t see storms of this magnitude traversing the nation’s mid-section very often. Some cities may record all time low surface barometric pressure before this monster dissipates.