February 13, 2016

National Weather Service surveying damage in Bentley for possible tornado


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BENTLEY — The National Weather Service is currently surveying damage in Bentley to determine whether a tornado struck the area during severe weather May 20. 

NWS Meteorologist Mike Boguth told the Independent Tuesday that there were reports of a roof blown off a house in Standish, as well as many trees down in Arenac County. 

“All we have so far is mainly tree damage,” he said. 

Boguth said he had spoken to the emergency manager who reported that the damage could have been caused by a tornado, however the NWS has not yet confirmed that one touched down. 

“We have a crew down there right now looking at that damage,” he told the Independent around 1:15 p.m.

Boguth said there is a possibility of more severe weather later this afternoon, but it is not expected to be at the same level as yesterday. He said there is no thunderstorm watch today, as there was yesterday. 

“The could be some popup storms,” he said. “Tonight and tomorrow is more of a heavy rain concern. I think the sever threat is mostly this afternoon and evening.”

Boguth said the report on the damage should be complete by 3:30 p.m. today, and the Independent will report any additional information when it is available.

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