Weather service confirms 4 tornadoes in Mich.

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Raindrops fall in a puddle of rain water along Congress Street in downtown Detroit.

Four tornadoes touched down in northern Michigan Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

The agency confirmed that one touched down in Alba, near Gaylord in Antrim County, about 250 miles northwest of Detroit, "and followed a discontinuous path to the northeast, lifting just before the Otsego County line. Damage was mainly to hardwood and softwood trees."

With winds peaking at 80 mph, the twister ranked an EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which indicates light damage, according to

A second tornado landed in West Branch, about 170 miles northwest of Detroit in central Ogemaw County, the weather service reported. That brought 100 mph winds, damaging two homes and earning an EF1, or moderate, rating, according to the weather service.

Another EF1 twister briefly touched down near Au Gres in Arenac County, uprooting trees before lifting near the Lake Huron shoreline. 

A fourth tornado, rated EF0, was reported around the same time elsewhere in Arenac County, along the Rifle River about 4 miles northeast of Sterling, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, about 60,000 Consumers Energy customers were  without power late Wednesday after storms ripped through the northern part of the Lower Peninsula on Tuesday.

The outages caused by Tuesday’s storms stretched from Ludington to Houghton Lake to Standish and initially affected about 110,000 customers, officials with the Jackson-based power and natural gas company said. More than 1,400 power wires were downed and dozens of poles were broken.

The energy company also said 209,000 customers have been affected bystorms that have hit the state since Sunday.

Officials said more than 1,500 Consumers Energy employees and contractors and 500 workers from neighboring energy companies in Michigan, including DTE Energy, and four other states were working to restore power.

“We are committed to working as quickly as we can to turn on the lights for our friends and neighbors who were affected by the latest storms,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric grid integration. “We appreciate our customers’ patience. Our crews are in the field right now to assess damage and repair poles, wires and equipment damaged by Mother Nature.”

Metro Detroit weather is expected to become cooler and less humid as a cold front pushes across the region, according to the National Weather Service’s office in White Lake Township.

The humidity could return for the Labor Day weekend, the agency said.

Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed

Extended forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny; high of 74,  and a low 59

Friday: Sunny; high near 79, low 66 

Saturday: Mostly sunny; high near 85, low about 70

Sunday: Mostly cloudy; high near 84, low about 70 

Labor Day: Partly sunny; high near 85, low 70 

Source: National Weather Service