The NWS confirmed that a tornado touched down briefly west of Escanaba on August 31, 2020. The twister had winds of 95 mph. (EF1) and was 200 yards wide, traveling a little over half a mile. The tornado hit an auto parts store, crossed US 2, then hit a storage building. The storm also knocked down wires and quite a few trees, one of which fell on a house.
This is the 2nd tornado of 2020 in Michigan – both of them touching down in the U.P. Michigan averages 16 twisters a year.