Parts of the district were hit with powerful winds Thursday afternoon most likely from a micro burst from a powerful thunderstorm that ripped through parts of the Upper Peninsula.
Local photographer, Sheri Bayles Minardi gives SaultOnline.com a first hand account of what happened.
“The storm hit the Island around 5:00 pm and lasted about 45 minutes the neighbours said. The wind came up suddenly and was pelting the windows with leaves, branches and debris. Along Twin Lakes many trees came down knocking down wood sheds, power lines, destroying dining tents and trees landing on roofs.” Minardi tells SaultOnline.com
Winds were clocked in the 80 to 100 km/h range for about 40 minutes. Power was lost to many on St. Joseph Island. The wind storm was just south of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, but caused heavy damage and power outage for most of Thursday night in Sault Michigan.
“One or our neighbours down from us were in their car almost home and trees were landing all around their car. They had to stop and turn into a neighbours driveway so they wouldn’t get hit. They eventually had to leave their place by boat because they couldn’t get in or out of their place.” Minardi said.
“Our property had 8 huge trees uproot and fall over. A few just missed our shed but the roots knocked our shed off its foundation. Our deck was a disaster and the dining tent was totalled. Our area looked like a war zone!”