NWS: Damage in mid-Michigan caused by 2 tornadoes

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VERNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two tornadoes ripped through Shiawassee County Thursday, leaving a path of destruction spanning miles.

The National Weather Service confirmed the second tornado while surveying the damage Friday morning. NWS is still evaluating the stronger of the two tornadoes.

The weather service says the weaker tornado hit just southwest of Corunna and carved a 6.4 mile-long path of damage about 100 yards wide.  The EF-0 packed winds of up to 80 mph and snapped pine and hardwood trees as it crossed M-52.

A farm along South Morrice Road just south of W. Garrison Road sustained the worst damage from the weaker twister. Trees there were uprooted and the tornado ripped off a roof on an outbuilding. The NWS says the tornado continued to down trees before lifting near the Maple River.

Shiawasee County Sheriff Brian BeGole said at least 50 buildings were damaged by the twisters; Michigan State Police estimated the total damage at 70 structures.

So far, there are no reports of injuries. 

The strong winds also tore down plenty of power lines. As of noon Friday, 1,389 Consumers Energy customers in Shiawassee County were without power, according to the utility company’s online outage map.

The Corunna Community Center was open Friday with showers and other accommodations for tornado victims.

NWS says the last confirmed tornado in Shiawassee County was an EF-0 that touched down near Durand nearly four years ago on June 15, 2015.

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