Authorities said that severe storms hit Michigan this week and five people died as several tornadoes touched the ground in the state on Thursday.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado, with 90 mph speeds, crossed Ingham County’s Interstate 96 on Thursday evening. One person was killed, and several others were seriously injured. More than 20 cars were damaged.
Four more EF-1 tornadoes have been reported in Bellville, Gibraltar, and South Rockwood in Wayne County.
On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared an emergency in Monroe and Wayne. Additional resources are now available for the affected areas.
In the central part, two tornadoes that had winds of 125 mph caused EF-2 damages in Webberville and Williamston.
The driver of a car that hydroplaned in torrential downpours and turned into oncoming traffic killed a 21-year-old woman, a 3-year-old girl, and a 1-year-old boy in a head-on collision in Spencer Township.
The driver of the 22-year-old vehicle was severely injured, while the driver of another vehicle sustained minor injuries.
Lansing also saw a death after a fallen tree hit a home.
Candice Miller, Public Works Commissioner, said: “It seems that these storms are now our new norm.” “This storm is similar to a tropical one, and the government as well as residents must make all necessary preparations.”
As of Friday afternoon, more than 460,000 people in Ohio and over 218,000 in neighboring Indiana were without electricity. A powerful EF-1 tornado hit Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday night. It damaged several buildings, including the 143-year-old New Life at Calvary Church.
In a press statement, Pastor Kellie said: “2 Timothy 4:17 says that the Lord stood by me and gave me strength.” “Our church has suffered a major loss, and we thank God that no one was injured.” Please pray for us as we begin to rebuild our church.”