Weather service: 2 tornadoes touched down in mid-Michigan

Several trailers are damaged from a powerful storm Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Camelot Villas mobile home park in Genesee Township, Mich. Authorities say a tornado swept through mid-Michigan, damaging homes and knocking out power to thousands. (Roberto Acosta/The Flint Journal via AP)

From the Associated Press

VERNON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two tornadoes and possibly a third have touched down in mid-Michigan.

National Weather Service meteorologist Danny Costello says two tornadoes struck Thursday in Shiawassee County. Homes were reported damaged, while power was knocked out to thousands.

Officials also are looking into a possible touchdown in nearby Genesee County.

Costello says survey teams were out Friday afternoon gathering data on the storm and damage.

The first tornado touched down about 6:45 p.m. Thursday near Corunna. The second touched down at 7:03 p.m. to the southeast around Vernon, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southwest of Flint. Officials say the second tornado also touched down in nearby Durand about 7:05 p.m.

Lower Michigan also saw severe thunderstorm warnings, watches, flooding, high winds and hail as a late-winter storm system trekked across the Midwest.

 

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