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Tornadoes, Flooding Destroy or Damage 600+ Homes in MI and WV

Posted by feww on March 16, 2012

Tornadoes destroy or damage 126 homes in Michigan; flooding ruins 500 homes in W. Virginia

A powerful tornado, packing winds of about 135mph, touched down northeast of Dexter in Washtenaw County, located northwest of Ann Arbor, leveling or damaging at least 123 homes, uprooting trees and toppling power lines, sparking fires and flooding neighborhoods.

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Map of Michigan Tornadoes

At least 3 tornado, 18 wind and 146 hail reports were received by SPC, as of posting.

  • Michigan, USA.  A powerful tornado touched down northeast of Dexter, northwest of Ann Arbor, leveling or damaging at least 123 homes, uprooting trees and felling power lines, sparking fires and flooding neighborhoods. The  tornado, packing winds of 135mph, stayed on the ground for about 30 minutes leaving behind a 10-mile path of destruction.
    • Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department told Reuters that “there are homes leveled [in Dexter.]”
    • Sheriff’s spokesman told The AP that at least homes were destroyed and 105 others significantly damaged in Dexter and the surrounding area.
    • More than 200 people have been displaced and placed  in a temporary shelter at a nearby school.
    • Another tornado touched down in Columbiaville, Lapeer County causing damage to trees and powerliness. The tornado left a one-mile path of twisted debris, SPC said.
    • A third tornado touchdown in SSE of Ida, Monroe County, also caused damage to 3 homes, trees and powerlines.

Probabilities of significant tornadoes (F2-F5) in March – NSSL

The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale – Quick Chart

EF0: 65 TO  85 MPH
EF1: 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2: 111 TO 135 MPH
EF3: 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4: 166 TO 200 MPH
EF5: Wind speeds greater than 200 MPH (>322 km/hr)

  • West Virginia, USA.Several counties in southern West Virginia experienced widespread flooding following severe storms and torrential rains.
    • The storms caused “extreme devastation” in Logan County.
    • “Once again, severe storms have caused major flooding in our state, causing significant devastation to both homes and businesses,” said the state governor (Earl Ray Tomblin).
    • Mingo County has declared a state of emergency following the deluge.
    • The governor is expected to declare a statewide state of emergency.
    • “The communities of Verdenville, Whitman, Mud Fork, Mt. Gay, Holden and several locations right in the downtown district were affected, with the estimate of homes damaged or destroyed being over 500 as of now,” said a report.
    • At least a dozen roads and bridges in Logan County alone were closed due to high water, mudslides, washouts and rock falls, reports said.
    • The towns of Griffithsville and Yawkey in Lincoln County were also severely hit by flooding.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Tornadoes 2012

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