With tornado season fast approaching, I thought this would be an appropriate time to revisit my area’s most significant spring storm of 2010. In the early morning of June 6, three confirmed tornadoes moved through northern Lenawee and Monroe counties in southeast Michigan. One in particular left a serious path of destruction around the town of Dundee.
The National Weather Service estimated this as a strong EF-2 or weak EF-3 tornado, with winds around 130-14o MPH, a width of almost a half mile, and a path of around eight miles.
The debris field filled the NWS range. Structural damage seemed especially bad on the west side of town:
There was also considerable damage to trees:
Shortly after this tornado, another triggered the automatic shutdown of the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant just east of here in Newport, MI.
Although the damage was spectacular to witness, it’s important to remember the human toll involved. Several people were killed, and many more were injured. Thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and the economic cost was estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.
With the spring storm season almost here, remember to pay attention to the sky and the weather as well as warnings on the TV and radio. This is also a great time to review tornado safety tips. Although some warnings don’t seem to amount to much, you never know which storm could produce a tornado like the one in Dundee.