National Weather Service: Tornado touchdown in Taylor

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
As darker clouds move in Wednesday evening, workers from Interstate Complete Restoration, Construction and Service work to repair a roof that was damaged at a commercial area across the street from Southland Shopping Center in Taylor. Part of the roof was lifted off and dropped in the parking lot during an early morning storm.

A thunderstorm that swept through southeast Michigan produced a band that dumped rain from Monroe to Dearborn on Wednesday morning and a small tornado touched ground in Taylor, weather officials said. 

The tornado, which lasted about two minutes, hit at 12:44 a.m., the National Weather Service said Wednesday. The brief tornado, traveling 80 miles per hour, traveled directly overhead of the Southland Center mall and caused damage to three buildings including signage, roof and air conditioning units. 

About 2-3 inches of rain was deposited during the storm overnight. 

Strong rains, and possibly thunderstorms, are expected to return Wednesday afternoon, said Steve Considine, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Wednesday's high will be about 80 degrees. 

Work being done on a Comerica Bank branch at Southland Center mall in Taylor after a tornado touched down and damaged the siding.

The tornado warning issued for parts of the region including the Downriver and Dearborn areas and a severe thunderstorm warning expired early Wednesday, weather forecasters said.

Dearborn, Taylor and Romulus got the worst of the rain overnight, while Taylor, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights experienced street flooding, Considine said.

Wednesday morning DTE Energy said 27,000 homes and businesses are without power, but that most should see the lights come back on by the end of the day.

The path of the Taylor tornado took it directly over the Southland Center mall.

A trained weather spotter in Lincoln Park reported winds of 60 mph, weather service reports indicated. Flooding was reported in Taylor, where a spotter noted a couple of feet of water at Telegraph and Eureka roads Wednesday morning.



Extended forecast

Wednesday: Cloudy; high of 80, low of 65 with showers 

Thursday: Partly sunny; high of 83, low of 66

Friday: Sunny with some clouds; high of 85, low of 67

Saturday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid; high of 88, low of 70

Sunday: Sunny with possible afternoon thunderstorms; high of 88

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