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Doppler Radar - Mason - Williamston - Ingham County Michigan Tornado - October 18 2007

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Published on Mar 4, 2013

Local Storm Report

1028 PM TORNADO 4 ENE MASON 42.61N 84.38W

10/18/2007 INGHAM MI NWS EMPLOYEE

*** 2 FATAL *** TORNADO TRACK BEGAN AT 1028 PM. IT MOVED NORTHEAST THROUGH THE CITY OF WILLIAMSTON. TORNADO MOVED INTO SHIAWASSEE COUNTY AROUND 1053 PM. TWO FATALITIES OCCURRED JUST NORTHEAST OF WILLIAMSTON AT 42.74N 84.24W

Storm Survey

AN NWS SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN INGHAM COUNTY FOLLOWING THE TORNADO THAT OCCURRED ON THE NIGHT OF OCTOBER 18TH. BASED ON EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS AND TREES THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-2 WITH TOP WINDS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 120 AND 130 MPH.

THE TORNADO BEGAN JUST NORTHEAST OF MASON AROUND 10:28 PM EDT AND MOVED NORTHEAST AT 40 TO 45 MPH THROUGH THE TOWN OF WILLIAMSTON BETWEEN 10:40 AND 10:45 PM. APPROXIMATELY 100 STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED IN A SUBDIVISION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WILLIAMSTON. TWO FATALITIES OCCURRED ABOUT 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF WILLIAMSTON WHERE A MODULAR HOME AND ITS 2 OCCUPANTS WERE FLIPPED INTO A POND. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO SHIAWASSEE COUNTY AND DISSIPATED SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

A TORNADO WATCH HAD BEEN IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF LOWER MICHIGAN SINCE 4:25 PM EDT. A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 10:04 PM EDT AND SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED THE COMMUNITIES OF MASON AND WILLIAMSTON. A FOLLOW-UP SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT ISSUED AT 10:19 PM CONTINUED TO MENTION THE TORNADO THREAT FOR THESE COMMUNITIES. A NEW TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 10:29 PM TO MENTION THE CONTINUED THREAT FOR WILLIAMSTON AND FOR THE REST OF NORTHEASTERN INGHAM COUNTY.

THE LAST TIME A FATAL TORNADO OCCURRED IN INGHAM COUNTY WAS ON AUGUST 14TH 1988...WHEN ONE DEATH RESULTED FROM A TORNADO THAT WAS RATED F-2 ON THE ORIGINAL FUJITA SCALE.

TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1004 PM EDT THU OCT 18 2007

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS
HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EXTREME NORTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN
SOUTHEASTERN EATON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN
INGHAM COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN

* UNTIL 1030 PM EDT

* AT 959 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 10
MILES SOUTH OF EATON RAPIDS...OR ABOUT 9 MILES NORTH OF ALBION...
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
EATON RAPIDS BY 1010 PM EDT
MASON BY 1025 PM EDT
EAST LANSING...HASLETT AND WILLIAMSTON BY 1030 PM EDT

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT FRIDAY MORNING
FOR SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1019 PM EDT THU OCT 18 2007

MIC025-045-075-190229-
/O.CAN.KGRR.TO.W.0015.000000T0000Z-071019T0230Z/
EATON MI-JACKSON MI-CALHOUN MI-
1019 PM EDT THU OCT 18 2007

...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR EXTREME NORTHEASTERN CALHOUN...
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON AND SOUTHEASTERN EATON IS CANCELLED...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT THE
THUNDERSTORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAS MOVED OUT OF THE AREA.
THEREFORE THE TORNADO WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT FRIDAY MORNING
FOR SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN.

LAT...LON 4266 8418 4247 8451 4250 8459 4278 8449 4277 8438
TIME...MOT...LOC 0219Z 216DEG 39KT 4254 8453

$$

MIC065-190230-
/O.CON.KGRR.TO.W.0015.000000T0000Z-071019T0230Z/
INGHAM MI-
1019 PM EDT THU OCT 18 2007

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1030 PM EDT FOR
INGHAM...

AT 1017 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
STORM PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR AURELIUS...
OR ABOUT NEAR EATON RAPIDS...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
MASON AND HOLT BY 1025 PM EDT
OKEMOS...EAST LANSING...HASLETT AND WILLIAMSTON BY 1030 PM EDT

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT FRIDAY MORNING
FOR SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1019 PM EDT THU OCT 18 2007


...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR EXTREME NORTHEASTERN CALHOUN...
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON AND SOUTHEASTERN EATON IS CANCELLED...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT THE
THUNDERSTORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAS MOVED OUT OF THE AREA. THEREFORE THE TORNADO WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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