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Highest wind gust measured near East Tawas

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on December 6, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Strong winds and wind gusts wreaked havoc on northern Michigan Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Power outages were reported across all of northeast Michigan and some schools were closed because they had no service.

Rogers City Schools is closed again today, due to no power.  Consumers Energy hopes to have all service in Rogers City restored by 6 p.m. today.

Officials from Presque Isle Electric and Gas estimated over 11,000 power outages across their service area at one point yesterday.  Thousands were still in the dark as of last night.

The National Weather Service told True North Radio that the strongest wind gust in the region occurred northeast of East Tawas shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday.  It measured 61 miles per hour.  Winds gusts as high as 60 miles per hour were measured in Petoskey.

The highest wind gust in Alpena was 49 miles per hour and was measured shortly after 9 o’clock in the morning.

Meteorologist Matt Gillen says the winds were created by a strong area of low pressure moving through the northern Great Lakes.  He said these type of systems are common between late fall and the beginning of winter, however they are not always accompanied by such strong wind gusts.

Breezy conditions are expected to continue throughout today, although winds gusts won’t be as strong as on Tuesday.

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