Storms spawn EF-0 tornado in west Michigan

The Detroit News
Vehicles drive on East Grand Boulevard on a rainy afternoon in Detroit on May 19, 2019.

A line of severe weather triggered storm warnings Sunday for parts of Michigan and brought high winds, rain and hail, and in one case, a tornado.

An EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Barry County in west Michigan and touched down around 6:25 to 6:28 p.m. Sunday, said the National Weather Service out of Grand Rapids on Twitter late Sunday. Winds topped 80 mph; there were no reported injuries. Barns were damaged in the area.

A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Livingston County, including Brighton and Chilson until Sunday night. Up to 60 mph wind and penny-size hail could accompany the storm, the National Weather Service said. 

Radar indicated rotation and spurred tornado warnings and included Charlotte, Nashville and Vermontville in south-central Michigan, and Port Huron, Emmett and Marysville on the east side of the state on Sunday, according to a National Weather Service's Metro Detroit Twitter post.

Downpours elsewhere slowed driving, and rain quickly began backing up on Outer Drive near Interstate 75 before the rain subsided.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a severe thunderstorm warning that ended Sunday afternoon for southeast Allegan, northeast Van Buren and northwest Kalamazoo counties in southwest Michigan. The weather service said radar indicated the movement of the severe storm, which could damage roofs, siding and trees.

In some areas, winds in excess of 60 mph were reported during the thunderstorms.

Consumers Energy reported outages affecting 4,983 customers. It said 75 crews were in the field tending to the outages, according to By late Sunday, customers affected by the storm were down to 2,528.

DTE Energy reported scattered outages of 99 or less customers affected throughout its coverage area, from Ann Arbor Township to St. Clair Shores. Pockets near Harper Woods, Salem Township and Northville indicated that higher number of customers, from 100 to 500, were affected by the storm, according to its outage map. All but scattered outages of 99 customers or less appeared to be restored late Sunday.

In St. Clair and Macomb counties, a lake shore flood advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. Monday. South winds with gusts to 30 mph were expected into the evening, the weather service said. The winds, combined with "increasing wave activity will lead to rising lake levels along portions of Lake St. Clair" and affect New Baltimore, Anchorville and New Haven, the weather service said.

The downpour produced about 1.02 inches of rain in Troy, and in Livonia, reports said a six-hour period produced 1.10 inches of rainfall; in Flint, storm damage included a tree down. Multiple large tree limbs were down in Otter Lake. In Clio, a tree fell on a house. In Silverwood, reports indicated that a tree was down.

In southwest Michigan, numerous reports of trees down and in Berrien Springs, Bertrand, Paw Paw Lake and Buchanan, 1/4 inch hail was reported. In South Haven, wind gusts were reported at 64 mph.