Storms produce funnel clouds in Houghton, Baraga counties

HOUGHTON — Thunderstorms 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 touched down before the formations quickly dissipated, 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 to 2 inches of rainfall, with 3 inches in 24 hours reported near Twin Lakes.

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