Storm damage in Arenac County likely not caused by tornado


ARENAC COUNTY — Damage in Arenac County from the storms that passed through Monday, May 20, was likely caused by straight line winds and not a tornado, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gaylord.

Justin Arnott, a NWS meteorologist, told the Independent around 3 p.m. Tuesday that while the NWS was surveying damage in Arenac County to determine whether a tornado hit, it appeared as if there was not a tornado.

“It doesn’t look like there is any tornado damage in any of the spots right now,” he said.

Arnott said the NWS was concentrating mostly on Arenac and Gladwin counties, where the majority of the damage was.

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.

Arnott said there were no tornado warnings issued by the NWS in Gaylord for Arenac or the surrounding area, but there were multiple severe thunderstorm warnings Monday.

Undersheriff Don McIntyre said the sheriff's department was not dispatched for any storm-related damages. The Bay County dispatch also reported no fire department calls in Pinconning or Bentley due to the storm, only debris in the road that was picked up by the Bay County Road Commission.


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