State Emergency Operations Center Activated to Monitor Storm Damage in Gogebic County

Contact: Ron Leix, 517-242-5631

July 12, 2016

The State of Michigan has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) this morning due to severe weather that occurred overnight in Gogebic County that resulted in local officials declaring a local State of Emergency.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a low end EF1 tornado struck three miles south of Bessemer.  Winds were estimated at around 90 MPH resulting in downed trees, power outages and flooding in multiple areas within Gogebic County. 

Personnel in the SEOC are closely monitoring the situation and receiving updates from local officials as additional assessments are conducted.  So far, the state has provided uniform, aviation and marine services assistance from the Michigan State Police.  The U.S. Coast Guard also has helicopters assisting with search and rescue operations. 

The SEOC, which is the emergency operations center for the State of Michigan, is overseen by the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.  The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies as necessary for decision making and information coordination during disasters and emergencies.