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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 14:40

Recovery Efforts Underway After Michigan Tornadoes

(TNS) — Efforts are underway to help residents in recovery mode after four tornadoes left behind a path of damage across two Michigan counties.

The National Weather Service confirmed a pair of tornadoes touched down in Shiawassee County and two in Genesee County that damaged homes, barns, splintered trees and downed power lines leaving thousands in the dark.

An informational meeting is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 in the cafeteria at Durand High School, 9575 E. Monroe Drive, with emergency management and government officials to address items such as recovery efforts, resident/business resources for relief, and short/long-term housing needs.

Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole confirmed a local state of emergency has been declared after 61 homes were damaged — 20 deemed uninhabitable or destroyed — as well as 16 barns and two businesses by the tornadoes, including an EF-2 with winds up to 125 mph from Newburg Rd/Bancroft Rd to M-71 just to the southeast of Vernon.