Extreme weather system results in tornado touchdowns in Michigan

Tornado touchdown

GRAND BLANC, Mich. – Grand Blanc and the surrounding area are now in a state of clean-up after severe weather and a tornado touching down on Wednesday, February 28th at approximately 1:20 a.m..Clean-up is now underway in Grand Blanc and the surrounding area after severe weather and a tornado touched down around 1:20 a.m.

According to the Grand Blanc Police Department, the tornado touched down in Grand Blanc in close to proximity to Dort Highway and Reid Road. The tornado path then proceeded east through Grand Blanc City, Indian Hill Subdivision, the Grand Blanc Commons, Kings Pointe Subdivision, through Perry and Belsay roads, and then into Atlas Township.

The police reported that several large trees were knocked down and debris from damaged buildings were strewn into the path of the storm. The downed trees resulted in damage to several houses in Indian Hill and also uprooted multiple gas lines.

The Grand Blanc Police Department, whose officers observed the tornado from their patrol cars, along with the Grand Blanc fire department responded and evacuated several residents to shelter in the fire department.

Police and fire personnel continue to check with affected residents and assess damage, police said.

“We know people would like to see the impact of this storm, but we ask that everyone gives emergency crews the space they need to get the resources back to our residents. So please, if you do not live in the affected area stay away since power lines are down and wait until it is safe,” police said.

Police said Consumers Energy responded to gas leaks and made repairs, and gas was successfully shut off at 9:40 a.m. Consumers Energy indicated that it expects to have power restored by Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, no deaths or injuries have been reported.

“The Grand Blanc area was struck by a devastating tornado last night. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this storm. We are very grateful that we did not have any reported injuries or fatalities from such a horrific tornado,” said Scott Bennett, Grand Blanc Township supervisor. “Thank you to our Township Fire and Police departments who have been assisting residents throughout the night and are ready to help wherever needed.”

If you come across downed power lines, trees or other debris in the road, smell natural gas, or need other emergency assistance, please call 911.

Another tornado was also reported in the city of Marshall, Michigan on the west side of the state.

— with files from uppermichiganssource.com


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