YOU’RE NOT WRONG if you think Tuesday’s storm was comparable to the infamous November, 1975 storm on Lake Superior that took the Edmund Fitzgerald down.
“In terms of millibars, it was very similar to the ’75 storm, ” NWS forecaster Jason Alumbaugh says. “The winds were a little weaker, but the waves were absolutely comparable.”
A few specifics:
Maximum winds at the Munising buoy…62-63 pmh
Maximum winds at the Granite Island buoy…76 mph (Granite Island is 10 miles N-NE of Trowbridge Park)
Maximum wave heights at both buoys was about 29 feet.
More recently, Alumbaugh says, the 2011 storm on Lake Superior was comparable to Tuesday’s but definitely weaker.
Tuesday’s storm tore down trees all along the coast and even some inland, and resulted in widespread power outages. Some customers are still without power late morning on Wednesday.
The storm also swept a man and a woman off of Black Rocks on Presque Isle. A Coast Guard search for them Tuesday afternoon and evening was unsuccessful. No further word on them.
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