February 13, 2016

Tornado warning ends for Arenac County

No known tornadoes spotted in county

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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Updated 5:01 p.m.

ARENAC COUNTY — The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Arenac and Gladwin counties Thursday, May 3, until 5 p.m., but had not received any confirmed sightings at that time.

Bruce Smith, meteorologist with the NWS, said the warning was issued after radar indicated cells of rotational activity within the storm. He had not heard of any funnel clouds touching down within the county by the time the tornado warning had ended, however, as the storm system moved out into the Saginaw Bay.

Ed Rohn, Arenac County Emergency Manager, said four fire departments were deployed throughout the county to watch for tornadoes, and he had not heard of any sightings either as the warning concluded.

Rohn added the storm system extended across the state to Lake Michigan, however, so there was still a possibility of flooding as water levels rise.

“We could get additional flooding in the evening,” Rohn said.

Updated 4:46 p.m.

The tornado warning that was issued for Arenac County has ended as of 4:45 p.m.

The Independent has no confirmation of any touchdown. If one has been reported, we will report it here.


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