DURAND, MI – Tornado “big, very dangerous” was mentioned in Durand and Vernon areas in Shiawassee County, which reported the National Weather Service tonight. Other areas in central and Southeast Michigan were under tornado warnings, or under fast-moving storms.
The tornado was embedded in a fast moving storm, at 60 mph.
“At 7:04 p.m., there was a big and dangerous tornado over Lennon, or near Durand, moving north at 60 mph,” according to the National Weather Service.
Patricia Rothney was able to move a good photo of the tornado on the ground. She was in a house in the Newberry Road 6000 block in Durand. When the storm blew, her house lost power, but no one was injured, she said.
“He was singing as he was rising high,” Rothney said on the twister.
At 7:30 p.m. The NWS confirmed that there was a tornado in the town of Vernon in the east of Shiawassee County, a drop-down near South Salt Street and Bennington Road. In that same town, fire officers reported many debris, with at least two houses spoiled.
The tornado developed in Shiawassee between Corunna and Bancroft, then moved north-east through Vernon, then into the western edge of Genesee County.
The Friday National Weather Service is expected to examine the damage to the strength of the tornado on the Fujita Enhanced Scale.
The storm system moved in Lower Michigan Lake late Thursday evening, hitting Southwest Michigan first, then moving north-east across the lower part of the Lower Peninsula. It was part of a bomb cyclone system which greatly affected the Great Plains before concentrating on the Midwest and Great Lakes.
The highest wind speeds of 67 mph in South Haven, 60 mph in Fowlerville, 56 mph in Calhoun County and 46 mph in Jackson were reported.
The hull fell throughout most of the area, both in size and over an inch in some places.
As reports of damaged houses came in, some people were commenting on the MLive Facebook page that an apartment building was damaged, and trees were down. One person said that their deck was "put off."
One person said the weather had seen a tornado seen east of Flushing city in Genesee County, although nothing was formally confirmed. He described it as a “rain-wrapped” thornado that was moving north. There were reports of a large flat pole barn, with extensive roof damage.
Also in Falls, a tree came down on a house. Four people were arrested, but were able to go out, according to the weather reporting for the NWS.
I Mt. Genesee County. Morris Township, a trained NWS observer said they had seen signs of the direct line harm: three mobile homes were reported to have been destroyed, and one of the dwellings was demolished.
Residents in central Michigan and Southeast Michigan were reporting tornado outings going out in their cities.
As the storm moved towards Washtenaw County about 7:35 am, there were reports from a skilled finder of the size of the ping-pong balls.