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Tornadoes cause extensive damage in Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(05/29/13) - Seven tornadoes in less than two hours burned a path of destruction through Mid-Michigan Tuesday night.

Our crews surveyed the damage from Perry and Burns Township in Shiawassee County to Genesee, Mount Morris, Fenton and Atlas townships in Genesee County.

As far as damage is concerned, the Beecher district of Genesee County took a direct hit. The National Weather Service believes a tornado touched down Tuesday near Saginaw and Cornell in Mt. Morris Township. Trees are uprooted, the roof of a small house is torn off, and power lines are down.

In Atlas Township, a house was pulverized just after 10 Tuesday night when the apparent tornado struck.

The apparent tornado also came close to three Goodrich school buildings - the high school, the middle school and Oak Tree Elementary - but none of them were damaged.

A Genesee County Road Commission barn was demolished by the high winds, as were some garages and sheds.

Residents in Fenton and Grand Blanc townships are also picking up pieces. Many are reporting thousands of dollars in damage to homes and properties.

Emergency officials urge residents to avoid Jennings Road in Fenton. Officials are requiring people to show identification that they do live on Jennings Road. A portion of Thompson Road in Fenton Township is also closed.

The Red Cross damage assessment teams are also out surveying the areas hit hardest by the storm, and Consumers Energy has been working non-stop to restore power to customers who lost it during the storms.

Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed the intensity of the tornadoes. Their ranking for all seven tornados is below:

8:00 p.m. Southern Clinton County  ... EF0 .. Max winds 80 mph

8:47pm Near Perry (Shiawassee) … EF0 … Max winds 75 mph
             
8:52 near Morrice (Shiawassee) … EF0 … Max winds 75 mph
                
9:01 North of Flint (Genesee) … EF1 … Max winds 105 mph
 
9:09 NW of Byron (Shiawassee) … EF1 … Max winds 100 mph
               
9:30 North of Fenton (Genesee) … EF2 … Max winds 115 mph
               
9:54 Grand Blanc/Goodrich (Genesee) … EF2 … Max winds 130 mph
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