Tornado Warnings/Severe T-Storm WatchMay 28th, 2013 at 11:02 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s video of one of the Flint area Tornadoes (electric flash around 1:39 into the video). More pictures here and here. Damage video here. Schools are closed today (Weds.) in Byron, Beecher and Goodrich. From Tues. Evening/Night: MAJOR DAMAGE REPORTED AT MPC CASHWAY LUMBER YARD IN DELTA TOWNSHIP (just WNW of Lansing). SEMI TRUCK ROLLED OVER. A funnel cloud was reported NW of Battle Creek by the Fire Dept. No confirmed tornadoes in SW Michigan as I write this early Weds. AM. Trees down near Bath in Clinton Co. and Dansville in Ingham Co. Hail fell in Eaton Rapids. Numerous large tree limbs down in Berrien Co. Spotters report torrential rain in S. Barry Co. and power outages in Cooper, Bedford, Johnstown and Assyria Townships. Flood Advisories continue for Ingham, Clinton and Ionia Counties. Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, SE Michigan, Indiana border counties down into N. Indiana (gusts to 62 mph at S. Bend and 64 mph at Mishawaka IN). Rainfall: 2.58″ Lansing, 2.24″ Entrican (Montcalm Co.), 1.48″ Big Rapids, 1.68″ Alma.
It looks like there have been at least 3 tornado reports…from Goodrich (significant damage), 4 miles north of Flint and east of Grand Blanc. Damage reports: “HOMES DESTROYED ON HEGEL ROAD. PEOPLE REPORTED TRAPPED IN HOMES. TREES AND WIRES DOWNED ON EAST HEGEL. UNABLE TO GO NORTH TOWARDS ATLAS DUE TO TREES AND WIRES DOWN. PEOPLE REPORTED TRAPPED IN HIGH SCHOOL. BAR COLLAPSED,PEOPLE TRAPPED, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ON SCENE. DEBRIS ON M15 BETWEEN GREEN AND KIPP ROADS. HOUSE LEVELED ON SOUTH JENNINGS ROAD, 5 MILES SE SWARTZ CREEK. OVER A DOZEN TREES DOWNED ACROSS A QUARTER MILE STRETCH OF BALDWIN ROAD JUST WEST OF FENTON ROAD. POSSIBLE TORNADO DAMAGE, 5 MILES WSW GRAND BLANC.” Here’s a map of the area around Goodrich hit by the tornado this evening. Goodrich is southeast of Flint. Severe T-Storm Warnings for Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties until midnight. Comments from WJRT facebook: “Byron got hit, my son called and told me lots of trees down after freight train ear popping sounds, no power, he says it was real bad!” “York & Harvard…Trees down …lines down…no power…Her neighbor can’t get out the front door!” “…trees down people trapped command center at the Church at Carpenter and Saginaw.” “In Goodrich- My friend went up to the schools, Oaktree and the Middle School have debris and the football field’s soccer nets are gone and the high school is fine. There is a house across from the middle school that got hit bad” “there are down power lines by the high school but no severe damage.” “I live in Lake Fenton and they have that area blocked off.” “…a tornado did hit Thompson road and other areas…my friends family lost their home.” “In Grand Blanc / Gaines there is some very significant damage. All but a few structures are still standing but exterior walls are collapsed and garage blown away on at least one home. Roofs torn off on several others. Vinyl siding wrapped around trees and poles, 1.5 ft thick tree limbs snapped off and deposited 40 ft away on top of a willow tree, debris scattered in all directions…”