severe weather

ST. IGNACE, MI--   Enbridge suspended operation of its Line 5 oil pipeline Sunday due to severe weather.

US Senator Gary Peters pressed the company to take the action after lake swells in the Straits of Mackinac topped 12 feet. Under an agreement with Governor Snyder, Enbridge reportedly said it would shut down the line if waves exceeded 8 feet.

Last week Enbridge said three dents were discovered in Line 5. Officials wonder if they were caused by whatever damaged an American Transmission Company utility line and dumped 600 gallons of dielectric fluid into the water.

MARQUETTE, MI - The search for a man and a woman swept into Lake Superior at Presque Isle Park in Marquette has been suspended

     The Marquette Police Department received a report yesterday at about 1:35pm of two people swept off Black Rocks during yesterday’s severe weather. Presque Isle and Lake Shore Boulevard, the road leading to the island, had been closed due to poor weather conditions.

Severe storms damage fruit crops near Traverse City

Aug 5, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Severe storms carrying strong winds and hail caused damage to crops near Traverse City over the weekend. reports that apple, grape and cherry crops were hit hard by the storms the Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula and the fruit belt near Elk Rapids on Sunday. Winds of up to 100 mph passed through the region, shredding leaves, ripping off bark and downing trees and trellises. Some fruit was blown off of the branches or punctured by hail.

Although the weather damage was widespread, severity varied by location.

(UNDATED)- Farmers who grow tart cherries in the Midwest have had one of their worst years.

An unseasonably warm march that caused trees to bud was followed by an April freeze that killed the blossoms.

The federal government estimates Michigan, the nation's top tart cherry producer, lost 97-percent of its crop.

It says Wisconsin lost about 93-percent.

Tart cherries are different from sweet cherries, the variety sold fresh at farmers markets and in grocery stores.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Utilities say about 275,000 homes and businesses across Michigan are without power following several days of thunderstorms and hot weather. In all, 405,000 customers have lost service at one point or another.

DTE Energy Co. says about 195,000 of its customers were without power Thursday afternoon after a new round of damaging thunderstorms made its way across the state, knocking down trees and power lines. Since Tuesday, DTE says about 325,000 of its customers have been affected.