The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes made landfall on Saturday, July 24 overnight in Metro Detroit.
Both tornadoes were labeled “EF-1” by the NWS, meaning winds peaked estimated at 86 to 110 mph. One tornado hit White Lake and another hit Armada. An EF-1 tornado also affected Genesee County.
Tornado rips roofs, knocks down trees, power lines in Armada
A local state of emergency was declared in Armada after a tornado hit the village.
On Sunday, crews were assessing damage to homes and buildings. A business was so damaged during the storm that it no longer has a top floor.
The strong storm left felled trees and power lines. Trees smashed into houses and cars, and even smashed windows along the main street.
“Standing watching the clouds spin and this tree start spinning and we dove into the basement and heard all my glass shatter in my house,” said William Poulos, a resident. “The windows on the south side have been blown out. I ran a plank from the south side of my house that went through a dresser.
Injury reported after EF-1 Tornado passed White Lake
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado hit White Lake on Saturday.
The area has seen winds of up to 100 mph. Many trees were destroyed and some houses suffered roof damage.
There were also downed power lines and destroyed driveways.
One person said they had a broken arm from the storm, but no other injuries were reported.
What is the EF scale?
The Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale) is used to assign a score to a tornado based on the estimated wind speed and associated damage. The EF scale is a set of wind estimates, not damage-based measurements.
The National Weather Service is the only federal agency authorized to provide official EF scale ratings for tornadoes. The goal is to give a tornado an EF scale category based on the highest wind speed that has occurred in the damage path.
EF-0: 65-85 mph
EF-1: 86-110 mph
EF-2: 111-135 mph
EF-3: 136-165 mph
EF-4: 166-200 mph
EF-5: Over 200 mph
Click here to learn more about the EF scale.
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