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Tens of thousands of Michiganders without power after severe storms overnight


Update: 12:32 p.m.

The National Weather Service says it investigated an area near Kinderhook, about ten miles south of Coldwater, near the border with Indiana, for tornadoes. The NWS found evidence of straight-line wind damage, but no evidence for a tornado.

Tim Miner is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Branch County. He says there were no injuries that occurred as a result of the severe weather at around 3:05 in the morning, but there was some minor damage to houses, barns, and sheds from downed trees.

He says the county worked with the NWS to complete the survey.

"There was damage, there’s a path. Their experts actually come look at it, we don’t make any determinations. The only determination our office makes is the wind did that, and if they call it a tornado, the tornado is still wind, you know."

Update: 9:01 a.m.

The National Weather Service says it received two spotter reports of a tornado near Coldwater, but that as of 7 a.m. it had not confirmed any tornadoes occurred late Sunday night.

“Both of the spotters indicated they saw power flashes, and one mentioned seeing debris flying. It was dark at the time of the reports, and that made it difficult to determine any details,” NWS said in a statement.

“However, despite rotation on radar at the time and a favorable environment for tornado development, we have not yet received any significant damage reports from the area or even additional verification of the tornado. We will be working with Emergency Management today to determine if any surveys are needed, and to identify any possible tornadoes.”

Original post: 7:09 a.m. Summer got off to a wild start Sunday night in much of Southern Michigan.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touched down near Coldwater late Sunday night. Some buildings were damaged, but no reports of injuries so far.

Severe weather across the lower half of the Lower Peninsula left tens of thousands of people without power Monday morning.

In Southeast Michigan, DTE Energy reports just under 60,000 customers have lost their electricity as of 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Consumers Energy says it has more than 22,000 customers without power. Most of those outages are between I-94 and the Ohio border.

And heavy rain caused flooding on roadways, especially in Metro Detroit. MDOT says the exit ramps from I-75 to I-94 are blocked in both directions because of flooding.