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Strong wind storm slams area

October 26, 2010
By Ashley Hoholik

ESCANABA - An "intense" low pressure system will be moving through the area today and Wednesday, causing high, potentially damaging wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Negaunee.

Justin Titus, meteorologist at the NWS, explained the low pressure system will be moving from West Lake Superior toward Ontario today and into tomorrow.

"In the Escanaba area, there will be rain showers through today, with about 1/4 to 1/2 inch accumulation of rain," said Titus. "Winds will be on the increase throughout the day and by evening, the south to southeast winds will be around 30 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph."

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Strong winds kick up the waves near Sand Point in Escanaba.

Locally, the Escanaba Wastewater Treatment Plant recorded a wind high of 41.6 mph at 8:02 this morning. The wind, according to Titus, will become stronger today and overnight, tapering off tomorrow.

According to Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Berbohm, while no potential weather threats were present this morning, he will continue to observe and be aware of the weather and conditions.

A marine point forecast from the NWS is also issuing storm warnings. Lake Michigan waves could reach 12 to 17 feet in the Escanaba area.

While southern parts of the state experiencing the same system have been warned of possible tornadoes, Titus points out there is much less of a risk for tornadoes in the U.P. Wind damage resulting in power outages and downed trees, however, is more likely, he said. Escanaba Public Works Department noted this morning crews are prepping equipment to respond to any calls.



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