It may not seem like it–with two tornadoes touching down in Marquette County in less than an hour–but yesterday, we in Marquette County got lucky.
 
National Weather Service meteorologist Keith Cooley concurred, “It was kind of more over rural areas, so there weren’t a lot of people out in that area at the time, which is a fortunate thing. Most of the damage was to the trees and stuff like that.”
 
The second tornado, when it lifted, was about five miles away from the city of Ishpeming.
 
Cooley says a slight shift of the storm could have pushed it towards the city.
 
 “And that’s one of the reasons – when we issue these tornado warnings – it will include cities like that. If it’s close enough that if it shifted just a little bit it could be in the city, they’re going to be included in the warning just so that everybody has a heads up and knows that there’s danger in the area.”
 
I went out today to find one of the areas the National Weather Service surveyed to determine that the tornadoes had touched down, just south of the Greenwood Reservoir.
 
While I was out getting video I ran into a man who owns a hunting camp in the area, and he invited me out to his property to see just how close the tornado came. I stood in the middle of what used to be a wood shaded path, but now looked more like an open field.
 
The man’s cabin was less than 100 feet away and completely undamaged. 
 
Later, a forestry worker told me his coworker had been sitting in a harvesting machine when the trees around him lifted up in the air,before falling to the ground as the tornado moved through.  They both, were lucky.
 
And the last bit of luck was the strength of the tornadoes.
 
Cooley said they registered on the weaker end of the EF scale.
 
“Some of the damage we saw it looks like it was . . . going to be a low-end EF-1 tornado which is max winds of around 90 miles an hour.”
 
Two tornadoes, no deaths or injuries and minimal property damage reported. Given the circumstances, it’s fair to say Marquette County got pretty lucky.