Four Labor Day tornados confirmed in northern Michigan

GAYLORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The National Weather Service now confirms there were four tornadoes in northern Michigan on Labor Day, double what was first reported Tuesday morning.

The first twister touched down at 1:47 p.m. Monday in Kalkaska County, just north of Manistee Lake. A NWS survey team says damage was mainly contained to hardwood and softwood trees, but a few homes had damage from downed trees. The EF-1 tornado had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was on the ground for 11 minutes and nearly four miles. It lifted just south of the Antrim/Kalkaska County line.

A second EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Crawford County at 2:16 p.m. The twister touched down near Frederic and continued northeast across I-75 into far northern Crawford County. Damage consisted of snapped and uprooted trees as well as roof damage to one residence and damage to a barn. The storm had winds of 100 mph and was on the ground for 13 minutes and 9.1 miles.

A third EF-1 twister touched down in Otsego County at 2:38 p.m. near Little Bass Lake. That storm had maximum winds of 110 mph and was on the ground for 14 minutes and 7.3 miles. It lifted near M-32, north of Big Bear Lake. Several homes were damaged from falling trees.

A fourth, smaller, tornado touched down briefly in Cheboygan County at 2:43 p.m. near Wildwood Lake, southeast of Wolverine. The EF-0 twister had winds of 80 mph and was on the ground for one minute, causing sporadic damage mainly to trees in the area.

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