Midland County tornado confirmed by NWS - WNEM TV 5

Midland County tornado confirmed by NWS

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (AP) -

UPDATE: Steve Considine, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, confirmed with WNEM TV5's Eric Jylha that a quick-forming tornado did occur in Midland County Sunday night.

Winds were estimated at 60 miles per hour, which makes it an EF-0. Officials say it was on the ground for .4 miles and was 50 yards wide.


Authorities say what appears to be a tornado reportedly lifted docked boats out of the water of a Michigan lake as severe thunderstorms moved across the state.

No injuries were reported following Sunday evening's storms.

Phil Kurimski, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says video and photographs from Sanford Lake in Midland County shows what appears to be a tornado.

He says a team from the weather service was expected to survey the area Monday.

Video and photos shared by viewers show the apparent tornado at the lake about 12 miles west of Midland.

"It kind of looked like it was swirling a little bit and the rest of the clouds weren't moving, just that one piece," says Shirley Cregeur, a resident living near Sanford Lake, describing what she believed was a tornado forming over the water.

People took to our Facebook page, posting pictures and a video of the storm in the Sanford Lake area.

Many wondered the same thing as Cregeur, if a strange group of clouds was in fact a tornado.

"All of a sudden it moved, just that part, and all these other clouds and nothing on the bottom. It was real swirly, it just lasted a minute maybe a minute and a half," says Cregeur.

According to the National Weather Service, it was in fact a tornado that Cregeur saw.

A weak tornado formed over Sanford Lake Sunday evening, without causing any real damage.

"The whole sky it was really weird and different and kind of yellowish on the bottom and blackish on top," says Cregeur.

Many people we spoke with living in the area say they were surprised to hear there was a tornado over Sanford Lake because many say they didn't think the storm was that bad.

"There was a little bit of thunder off and on, but nothing severe, just a little bit. Nothing to worry about," says Cregeur.

Cregeur says she is glad she could watch the tornado from a distance and not up close and personal.

"I'm just glad we're safe and nothing happened," says Cregeur.

The twister over Sanford Lake makes three confirmed tornados in Mid-Michigan so far this year.

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