Powerful Storms Hit the Area Friday Evening

This is a timelapse from Manistee showing the powerful storms making landfall with 54mph winds in Manistee Harbor. And then this was the scene *this morning in Rudyard in Chippewa County after the storms went through around 8:30 last night. These pictures were taken by Bernadette McDowell. A barn was destroyed on the McDowell land while debris was carried 150 yards across Mackinaw Trail. A few trees were even uprooted or snapped in half. After looking at these pictures, the National Weather Service in Gaylord says a 60-70mph downburst of winds most likely caused the damage. There *was a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect when this storm hit. The National Weather Service reported some trees down in Leeland yesterday evening, too.