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60 homes, businesses damaged by mid-Michigan tornadoes

At least 60 homes and businesses are damaged after two tornadoes swept through mid-Michigan Thursday night.

Credit National Weather Service/Jim Barrett
The National Weather Service posted this photo Thursday's tornado, courtesy of Jim Barrett

No injuries have been reported. The tornadoes touched down near Vernon in Shiawassee County around 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The storm left a tangle of downed power lines and debris. Many families are now surveying their flattened barns and roofless homes.

Shiawassee County Undersheriff Robert Brancheau says he feels like it was a miracle from God that no one was hurt.

Officials are still surveying the area, with troopers going door-to-door assessing the damage. The main priority is getting a dollar figure on the total damage, since Shiawassee officials hope to get some financial aid from the state.

Brancheau asks that people stay away from the area since there are many downed power lines and even though power is out in many areas, some of them are still live.

Paul Spata is with the American Red Cross. He says they had a shelter set up last night, although no one stayed there. The Red Cross is available for case work.

This story was updated Friday, March 15 at 4:45 p.m.

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health. She was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her abortion coverage.
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