High winds level homes after reported tornado sightings in Michigan

Published May 29, 2013

| Associated Press

Severe thunderstorms pushed across Michigan's Lower Peninsula on Tuesday night, leading to several funnel cloud sightings, including a tornado that landed near Goodrich High School southeast of Flint, the National Weather Service said. No injuries were immediately reported.

The weather service didn't directly link damage to Tuesday night's tornado sightings in southern Genesee County but said high winds in the same severe thunderstorm system heavily damaged several homes. It said winds toppled numerous trees and power lines.

A funnel cloud was sighted about 10 p.m. near Goodrich, touching down near the high school, the weather service said. A half-hour earlier, it said, winds knocked down a home about 5 miles south of Swartz Creek, roughly 15 miles to the west of Goodrich.

Genesee County's emergency center referred a request for information to Sheriff Robert Pickell, who was out surveying damage Tuesday night. A message was left for him.

The storm also caused damage in the northern part of the county, MLive.com reported.

"It was crazy," said James Roberts of Mount Morris Township, which is about 15 miles northwest of where the tornado touched down in Goodrich. He said he and his family were watching the storm on the porch when winds started gusting. He quickly shuffled everyone to the home's basement. "We had no warning," Roberts said, adding that they never heard a siren go off.

Roberts said his home sustained minimal damage, but others further east were hit more heavily.

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