A tornado was confirmed near Hermansville last week in Menominee County. It was caught on video by Chelsea Blahnik as it came towards her farm.
“I went around the corner of the house and I could hear this loud whistling like a semi as it goes by or something. I walked around the corner of the house and the wind just picked up. I looked toward the neighbors, to the field there and there it was. I had to hurry up and get my phone out of course.
She began filming as the tornado spun closer. She then went inside with her two year old daughter to seek shelter with the twister.
She posted the video to Facebook to show her family and friends what she say. Blahnik said the response to the video has been overwhelming.
She received many requests to share the video including requests from stormchasers and the Weather Channel.
“We just live in the U.P. on a farm. We live in the country and we post everything to Facebook. We just think things are cool and I wanted to share with my friends and my family but it’s gone beyond that. It’s just nuts,” Blahnik said.
The National Weather Service in Marquette says damage from the EF1 tornado Thursday afternoon was limited to forested areas. Winds were estimated to be up to 90 mph. It was on the ground for about 1.25 miles. No injuries were reported.
The tornado touched down just south of the intersection of County Roads 579 and 388, lifting as it crossed County Road 388. The damage path was estimated to be 200 yards wide. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. Some small farm equipment was tossed around as the tornado moved within 100 feet of the farm.
The National Weather Service said a low pressure system passing across Upper Michigan during the day allowed widespread showers to develop throughout the U.P. During the afternoon and early evening hours the clouds broke up just enough to allow some insolation, which created enough instability to create a brief tornado spin-up over northern Menominee county.