Storm brings funnel clouds

Photo provided by Wayne Siira This image, taken by Wayne Siira of Houghton at about 8:10 p.m. Monday, shows a funnel cloud near Houghton. There were a handful of damage reports on social media later into the evening hours, but no major damage, according to city officials.

HOUGHTON — Thunderstorms on Monday evening downed power lines and trees, and funnel clouds were observed in Houghton and Baraga counties, but many of the roads repaired from the June 17 flash flood were still intact.

The National Weather Service in Negaunee received reports of the funnel clouds late Monday evening, but no confirmed tornado formed or touchdown occurred with the formations quickly dissipating, said NWS meteorologist Jaclyn Ritzman. The images revealed no circulation in the formations, she said.

With the high humidity and storm front observed Monday it “doesn’t take much” to create funnel cloud formations like those seen.

The area was hit with 1-2 inches of rainfall, with 3 inches in 24 hours reported near Twin Lakes.

Around the county downed power lines and trees were seen with a major lightning strike at the West Houghton water tank blowing fuses and the meter off the structure, said City Manager Eric Waara.

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Swollen banks at the Houghton Lakefront Park following heavy rain on Sunday and Monday.

The Department of Public Works had things under control within the hour, and an electrician will examine the structure later today, he said.

A funnel cloud was reported in the area of Houghton High School on Monday evening.

The road patches from flooding earlier in the summer mostly held, Waara reported, with a few ready-to-pour sidewalk projects washing out.

“As far as we know… nothing too severe,” he said.

Sunday also saw heavy rainfall with a wide range of totals, 5.96 inches over 24 hours in Twin Lakes and 1.26 on the Quincy Hill. Similarly to the Monday storm, roads held with a bit of dirt and gravel cleanup in Lake Linden said Village Clerk Bob Poirier, as of Monday afternoon.

The region should see light rainfall on Tuesday and lower temperatures.

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