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A strong cold front passing across Upper Michigan during the day caused widespread showers to develop throughout Upper Michigan. In the afternoon, skies cleared across parts of central and south-central Upper Michigan ahead of the cold front. Numerous low-topped supercells, sometimes called "mini supercells", developed along the front in an environment that was only very marginally supportive of severe weather. Almost no lightning was observed with these low-topped supercells. However, one of them produced a brief tornado in Delta County, about 5 miles west of Escanaba.

The tornado crossed US-2 and was observed by numerous motorists on the highway. It significantly damaged part of a storage facility on the north side of the highway. The tornado then dissipated, and the storm collapsed. The outflowing wind from the collapse of the storm caused numerous trees to be uprooted in a heavily forested area north of the damaged storage facility. The NWS storm survey team rated the tornado as an EF1, with winds estimated to be around 95 mph.

Aerial footage of tornado damage near Hyde, MI, or about 5 miles west of Escanaba, courtesy of Vandermissen Aeronautical Solutions LLC.

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