Severe storm leaves damage behind

GENESEE COUNTY — A powerful storm producing four confirmed tornadoes and high wind gusts swept through parts of Shiawassee and Genesee counties last Thursday evening, leaving behind widespread damage and power outages in certain areas.

At around 6:47 p.m., the National Weather Service reported that an EF-2 tornado producing winds up to 125 mph had touched down in the Durand and Vernon areas of Shiawassee County. Over 50 homes in the county were heavily damaged, with some being completely leveled. A fabrication/machining warehouse in Durand also had its roof ripped off by powerful winds.

The storm then moved rapidly to the northeast into Genesee County, bringing down power lines and causing damage to several homes in Clayton Township.

One of the tornadoes, an EF-0 with peak winds of about 85 mph, tracked just six miles south of the City of Flushing into Flint Township. The tornado touched down at 7:09 p.m. on Nichols Road just south of Corunna Road in Clayton Township. It then traveled northeast to Calkins Road near Morrish Road, where wind gusts snapped trees and collapsed a pole barn.

The twister then lifted back into the air near Jennings Road and Pasadena Avenue, narrowly missing the eastern outskirts of the City of Flushing.

At around 7:24 p.m., the system produced another EF-0 tornado in Genesee Township, where over 15 homes at the Camelot Villas mobile home park in Mt. Morris sustained major damage. Local authorities reported that roofs were ripped off of several trailers, and one vacant mobile home was flipped onto its side.

No major damage was reported in the City of Flushing or Flushing Township, but the storm did have some impact on the southern limits of the Flushing area near the Flint Township border. Uprooted trees and downed power lines were reported on Disch Street just off Flushing Road west of Linden Road, as well as in neighborhoods near Beecher and East River roads.

Despite the storm’s intensity, no serious injuries or deaths were reported to authorities in Shiawassee or Genesee counties. In total, over 1,700 customers lost power in Genesee County, according to Consumers Energy.

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