Tornado confirmed in New Lothrop area Thursday evening
(8/30/2019) - A strong line of thunderstorms caused a brief tornado to spin up in New Lothrop Thursday evening.
Preliminary analysis from the National Weather Service with radar and storm damage confirmed a weak tornado occurred around 9:20 p.m. in the area of Allen and New Lothrop roads in Shiawassee County.
A survey crew from the weather service believes the tornado touched down northeast of the intersection and traveled along the ground for about a mile, cutting a path of damage about 100 yards wide.
The most significant damage reported was several barns destroyed, two garages damaged and numerous downed trees. No injuries were reported as a result of the storm.
Residents who suffered damage said they were shaken up by the ordeal, but happy to be safe and alive.
Shiawassee County Emergency Manager Trent Adkins believes all of the homeowners affected by the tornado have insurance and contractors were beginning to help them clean up Friday morning.
"We're very fortunate that this took place in a very rural area," he said. "With this kind of an impact, we could have seen more significant damage and maybe some injuries."
A full storm survey was being conducted to determine the exact strength and path of the twister. A complete statement on the findings will be issued Friday evening.
Preliminary estimates by ABC12 Meteorologist Kevin Goff are a strong EF-0 or weak EF-1 tornado with winds around 80 to 100 mph.