Paul Gross, author of ‘Extreme Michigan Weather,’ reports on Michigan tornadoes

by Heather Newman on June 10, 2010

More book details Meteorologist Paul Gross of WDIV-TV (NBC Channel 4 in Detroit) spent the week reporting on the tornadoes that touched down across the state, including the one that wreaked havoc in Dundee. Paul is the author of the new book Extreme Michigan Weather.

You can read an excerpt from the book specifically on tornadoes as part of the University of Michigan Press Open Text Project. You can also see video of Paul reporting on the storms: Volunteers lend a hand cleaning up Dundee and How do you tell if damage is from a tornado?

While the tornadoes in Monroe and Lenawee counties are the ones getting the press in southeast Michigan, there were hits across the state, he said.

"Tornadoes also hit Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties, for a total of eight tornadoes in Michigan this past Saturday night and early Sunday morning," he said. The rundown, he said:

  • Calhoun:  The southern outskirts of Battle Creek. A strong tornado (EF2 on the 0 to 5 scale). Considerable tree damage, and some homes severely damaged.
  • Berrien: 2 miles north-northeast of Baroda. Numerous trees damaged, and some homes de-roofed.
  • Berrien: 4 miles north-northwest of Berrien Springs. Trees and structures damaged.
  • Cass: 2 miles south of Dowagiac. Strong tornado (EF2). Numerous homes damaged in the Pokagan subdivision. Extensive tree damage.
  • St. Joseph: 2 miles south of Constantine. Strong tornado (EF2). Two cell phone towers downed, numerous trees damaged, and several structures damaged.

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