UPDATE (2:45 PM) - The National Weather Service storm survey officially cited a tornado with this storm.

The tornado was rated an EF-0 -- right at the bottom of the scale -- with a maximum wind speed of 65 mph.  The total path length was just over one mile, and had a maximum width of 25 yards.  The tornado was on the ground from 3:33PM to 3:35PM.  Per the survey, trees were downed and limbs had been snapped off from this funnel, and an eyewitness noted seeing a rotating area of air and debris.

On Wednesday afternoon, showers and thunderstorms began popping-up around the TV5 area.  One storm in particular up north was in northern Roscommon County near the village of Roscommon.

This stronger cell tracked from east-to-west (reverse of the typical pattern of weather in Michigan) over I-75 and towards Higgins Lake.  Heavy downpours, lightning, and strong winds were associated with this storm.  As of 2:45PM on June 10th, this storm was confirmed to have contained a tornado.

Storm Report

Location of the damage and associated storm report.

Tornado Ratings

EF Ratings

EF Ratings

Tornadoes are classified using the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale.  This scale is based off of wind speed, but more specifically, wind damage.  A storm survey is conducted to address damage to the area, and wind speeds are then estimated based off of that damage.  The EF rating comes from that estimated wind speed.

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