Severe storms with winds reaching speeds of up to 75 mph wreaked havoc across Michigan, causing widespread damage, claiming the lives of five individuals, and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. The National Weather Service suspects that the destruction may have been caused by two tornadoes.
In a tragic incident in western Michigan, a 21-year-old woman and two young girls aged 1 and 3 lost their lives after two vehicles collided head-on during a rainstorm. The collision occurred when one of the vehicles hydroplaned due to the presence of water on the road. Meanwhile, in Lansing, the state capital, a person was fatally injured when a tree fell on their home.
In Ingham County, authorities reported severe damage along Interstate 96, with more than 25 vehicles affected. Tragically, one person lost their life, and several others sustained severe injuries. The area was also struck by a possible tornado. The storms caused widespread destruction, with uprooted trees, collapsed roofs, and numerous road closures due to fallen trees and power lines.
The devastating impact of the storms was felt in other communities as well. An adult foster care facility near Williamston in Ingham County experienced a partial collapse of its roof, and numerous shingles were torn off. Caretaker James Gale described the terrifying experience of feeling the power of the storm and witnessing the destruction it left behind. Many of the residents were transported by buses to another facility, and one woman required immediate hospitalization.
With over 420,000 customers in Michigan and more than 215,000 in Ohio without electricity, the aftermath of the storms continues to disrupt daily life in the affected areas. Parts of southeast Michigan were severely flooded due to heavy rainstorms earlier in the week, with over 5 inches of rainfall reported in some regions. The resulting floodwaters caused street flooding in the Detroit area, including the tunnels leading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus. However, the airport’s McNamara Terminal has since reopened.
1. Can severe storms like tornadoes be directly linked to climate change?
While scientists cannot directly attribute a single weather event, such as a tornado, to climate change without comprehensive research, it is widely recognized that climate change contributes to the increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events like storms, droughts, floods, and wildfires.
2. How is climate change caused?
Climate change is predominantly caused by human activities that release greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, into the atmosphere. Peer-reviewed studies, scientific organizations, and climate scientists overwhelmingly support this conclusion. (source: [insert source here])