- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ONTONAGON, Mich. (AP) - State officials say flooding from severe storms has washed out a bridge and damaged a trail at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that Monday’s flooding washed out the bridge over the Big Carp River, removed sections of boardwalk and damaged other structures. Hikers are being told to avoid the area along the Lake Superior Trail.

Officials say they will replace the bridge sometime after completing a storm damage survey.

The storm dumped nearly a foot of rain on neighboring Gogebic County and washed out access to a boat launch at Little Girl’s Point County Park northwest of Ironwood. The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down near Bessemer, and winds were estimated at 90 mph.

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