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Tornado damages homes, knocks out power in mid-Michigan

Authorities say a tornado swept through mid-Michigan, damaging homes and knocking out power to thousands.

About 70 homes were damaged

Several trailers are damaged from a powerful storm Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Camelot Villas mobile home park in Genesee Township, Mich. Authorities say a tornado swept through mid-Michigan, damaging homes and knocking out power to thousands. (Roberto Acosta/The Flint Journal via AP)

Authorities say a tornado swept through mid-Michigan, damaging homes and knocking out power to thousands.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down at 7:03 p.m. Thursday around the Shiawassee County community of Vernon, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southwest of Flint. Officials say the same tornado touched down in nearby Durand about 7:05 p.m.

State police say that roughly 70 homes and businesses were damaged, but no injuries were immediately reported.

Severe weather also moved through nearby Genesee County, where a mobile home park was damaged. Park resident Eric Wichert told MLive.com the winds "got really bad, really strong."

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      Weather service officials say an unconfirmed tornado reportedly touched down nearby in the Flushing area at 7:12 p.m.

      Lower Michigan also saw severe thunderstorm warnings, watches, flooding, high winds and hail as a late-winter storm system trekked across the Midwest.

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