Tornado damages homes, knocks out power in mid-Michigan

VERNON, Mich. (AP/WTVG) - Thursday's severe weather may have largely missed the Toledo area, but the story wasn't the same for points to our north. That includes the area of Flint, Michigan, where a tornado caused some damage to buildings and knocking out power to millions.

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 the winds "got really bad, really strong." 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.