Friday, October 19, 2007

Lots of storm reports yesterday

Again, it appears the SPC has done a very nice job with their mesoscale outlook. Three days in advance the outlook placed the greatest risk in the same area that received the most actual severe thunderstorm and tornado activity.

Sadly, for the second day in a row, there was a fatality caused by a tornado. Yesterday it was in Kalkaska, Michigan, according to the Grand Rapids Press.
Unusual mid-October storms crossed West Michigan on Thursday night and early
this morning, causing several tornado warnings, at least one fatality, damage and power outages.Sheriff's deputies in Kalkaska County confirmed one death caused by the storm system. Officials said a 29-year-old man victim died inside his house after strong winds took the structure down around him, according to WWTV-TV in Northern Michigan. Deputies also said a couple was taken to an area hospital after being trapped in another demolished house. National Weather Service officials in Gaylord believe as many as four tornadoes, plus a water spout over an area lake, may have touched down in Kalkaska, Cheboygan, Alpena and Mio.

Mark Sekelsky, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Kent Count Airport, called such a strong fall storm unusual, saying "it's not very often we get the ingredients this time of year."

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