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Suspected tornado leaves path of devastation in Michigan village, rallies community

Alex Harring and Nic Antaya, The Detroit News on

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ARMADA, Mich. — Severe weather and a possible tornado brought destruction to the village of Armada Saturday night. Members of the Macomb County community have been there rebuilding since.

Community members came to the area most impacted — a few blocks off the town's Main Street — to help clean the streets and yards of their neighbors. Businesses in the immediate area are all closed.

The destruction was swift but disastrous, said Police Chief Michael Patrick.

"It was here and gone rather quickly, but it left devastation in its path," Patrick said.

Patrick said no injuries were reported, which he characterized as a "miracle" given the destruction. The cleanup and repairs will likely last at least into the next week.

Large trees in yards that had outlasted some owners were on their sides. Residents reported shattered windows, crushed cars and roof damage. Once full of large trees, Village Park will have about a quarter of what was there on Saturday.

 

Thousands were still without power Sunday. The National Weather Service planned to survey the area Sunday.

The NWS radar showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado over Armada that was moving at 20 mph just before 8 p.m. on Saturday. Multiple Michigan counties, including Macomb and Oakland, were under a tornado warning Saturday night.

"We saw signatures that indicated a tornado, including with rotation," Megan Varcie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, told The Detroit News on Saturday.

Varcie said a series of severe storms passed through Michigan between 3 p.m. and midnight Saturday and a survey team is visiting Armada on Sunday to determine if it was hit by a tornado.

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