October 18, 2007 Williamston, MI EF-2 Tornado
House Destroyed at the intersection of Noble and Zimmer

Event Summary

On the afternoon and during the evening hours of October 18, 2007 a strong low pressure system centered over Minnesota touched off supercell thunderstoms throughout Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Teneessee and all the way down to the panhandle of Florida. Many of these storms produced tornadoes, with a total of around 35 tornadoes nationwide.

Two people died in a EF-2 tornado which touched down in Williamston Michigan around 2228 EDT. There was also another fatality reported near Kalkaska, MI bringing the total count to 3 in the state of Michigan.

At the end of the day, there was 7 total Tornado Warnings issued for Ingham County with the one confirmed touchdown near Williamston.

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Williamston Warning

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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.

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October 18, 2007 Storm Reports