SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — A late-afternoon thunderstorm raced across mid-Michigan Saturday, downing dozens of trees and leaving more than 1,000 Consumers Energy customers without power.
Firefighters and residents reported potential funnel clouds and storm rotation as the front sped through, although no tornadoes were reported touching down. One area of potential rotation was southwest of Owosso near Dewey and Ruess roads and another site was near Morrice.
In New Lothrop, a downtown building partially collapsed, strewing bricks and other materials on the sidewalk.
“We’ve got multiple trees and power lines down and a house that has extensive damage. High winds blew the front facade off this building,” Hazelton Township Assistant Fire Chief Robert Hobson said, describing the front of Peterson’s Body shop.
Police and firefighters were blocking roads into the village Saturday evening because of downed power lines and Hobson was advising people to stay away from downtown.
Trees were reported falling on homes in several area communities, and downed power lines caused multiple small fires.
Power outages were reported by Consumers Energy across the entire Lower Peninsula.
In Shiawassee County, more than 2,400 customers lost power. Outages were reported in nearly every township and city.
The largest outage was in the Durand area, where about 550 customers were powerless. Areas west of Owosso reported about 525 outages.