Sarah Rahal and Mark Hicks The Detroit News Published 7:34 AM EDT Mar 15, 2019 The National Weather Service confirmed that one tornado touched down in Shiawassee County on Thursday and another was unconfirmed in Genesee County on a day when severe thunderstorm warnings, watches, flooding, high winds and hail characterized the weather on the warmest day of the year so far. The severe weather was replaced early Friday by a hazardous weather outlook that covered southeast and southwest Michigan. Scattered thunderstorms were expected to move across the region, with some storms turning severe, the National Weather Service said. An isolated tornado is possible in southeast Michigan ”especially toward the southern Michigan border.” The storm’s motion was expected to be southwest to northeast at 60 mph. Brief wind gusts of 40-45 mph also were expected Friday evening as colder air returned to the state. Temperatures Thursday climbed to their highest of the year so far. Detroit Metro Airport recorded 58 degrees just after noon Thursday. That fell well short of the record of 77 set in 1990, weather service data showed. Tornadoes, spawned by Thursday’s lingering severe weather, were reported to have hit parts of southeast Michigan. In Vernon, in Shiawassee County, a tornado was confirmed to have touched… Read full this story
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