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Weather teams to examine if damaging storms were tornadoes

12:46 AM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
An ominous storm cloud, pictured from I-96, three miles east of Howell, Mich. (Courtesy: Aric Newsted, May 28, 2013)
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(Detroit Free Press) -- Meteorologists with the National Weather Service will fan out across at least two counties in southeast Michigan today to determine whether tornadoes were responsible for damaging trees and buildings during a series of nasty storms.

Dave Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said a storm cell with at least two potential tornadoes tracked Tuesday night along the I-69 corridor from southern Shiawassee County to southern Genesee County and the area around Goodrich.

"There's been numerous reports of damage and funnel cloud sightings along that track," he said.

A tornado warning was issued for Shiawassee County at 8:32 p.m. and expired about an hour later, he said.

Gurney said a separate storm cell that swept through around the same time brought another possible tornado to the Mt. Morris area of Genesee County.

Gurney said the weather service received reports of damage to trees and structures, but no reports of injuries. He said there was a report about a home being destroyed on Hegel Road in the Goodrich area; the Free Press was unable late Tuesday to confirm that report with local law enforcement authorities.

Brandon Hoving, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, said there were reports of a possible tornado causing damage Tuesday to a lumberyard west of Lansing's Capital Region International Airport.

National Weather Service officials will examine damage, storm tracks and other data to determine if tornadoes did, in fact, touch down.

By Ann Zaniewski

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