The National Weather Service in Detroit has confirmed Thursday’s tornado in far southeastern Tuscola County as an EF-0 with maximum winds of 75 mph. The tornado was determined to have been on the ground for 3 miles, touching down 2.6 miles SE of Kingston at 8:10 PM Thursday.
The tornado was on the ground for 7 minutes, and did damage to trees and crops along a path from Clothier Road, between Denhoff and Brief Roads, to the intersection of Marton Road and M-46. Damage was also observed at a building near that intersection, with some of the roofing material removed.
The National Weather Service in Gaylord has also confirmed the touchdown of a second EF-0 tornado in the Ogemaw County town of Lupton. The twister began as a waterspout over George Lake and briefly moved ashore before dissipating. Though it was only determined to have been on the ground for just over a tenth of a mile, several docks, boats, and houses sustained damage on the lake's north side. Maximum winds were estimated at 80 mph.
Below is a look at the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used to place tornadoes into different categories.
EF0: weak: 65 to 85 MPH
EF1: weak: 86 to 110 MPH
EF2: strong: 111 to 135 MPH
EF3: strong: 136 to 165 MPH
EF4: violent: 166 to 200 MPH
EF5: violent: >200 MPH
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