Dexter Michigan Tornado
March 16, 2012 by staff
Dexter Michigan Tornado, More than 100 homes were damaged in a tornado that struck Dexter, Michigan on Thursday evening, with reported twisters tearing through the rural farm lands near Ann Arbor with mass floods and fires caught on video. According to the National Weather Service, the slow-moving tornado hit Dexter, Mich. just northwest of Ann Arbor with winds averaging 135 mph. The tornado grounded for about 30 minutes with a 10-mile radius in Dexter. No one was injured.
“We’ve got public safety crews out right now being very thorough to make sure that everyone is accounted for,” director of Emergency Management for Washtenaw Country Marc Breckenridge told Weather.com.
Two other tornadoes followed, one in Ida Township and another in Columbiaville, according to local NBC News affiliate WPTV, with winds of 80 to 90 mph for about five minutes.
The Monroe Country Emergency Management Division said six funnels clouds were observed in the tornado and one reported twister in Lapeer, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy rain storms, golf ball-sized hail and high winds accompanied the storm that downed trees and power and created widespread flooding and fires.
There have been no injuries reported according to Sheriff spokesman Derrick Jackson, though an estimated 105 homes were significantly damaged, leaving over 200 people displaced from their homes.
Crews will survey the damage to more than 100 homes on Friday, which resulted in roofs torn off, missing walls and entire interiors exposed. According to The Associated Press, one home was completely flattened while its adjacent home lost its roof and second floor.
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