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Huron County tornado destroys homes, causes power outage

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Teresa Homsi
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A tornado in Huron County reportedly injured six people, destroyed dozens of homes and left nearly two thousand people without power. 

 

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado bringing winds up to 120 mph touched down in Port Austin early Saturday evening.

The Huron County sheriff said the tornado’s path was approximately three and a half miles long.

Since the tornado hit, volunteers have mobilized and businesses opened up their services to help out anyone in need, in an outpour of local support.
 

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DTE lineworkers hoist a beam for new power lines June 28 on Grindstone Road in Port Austin.

Residents are currently working to clean up debris and help the community rebuild.

DTE estimates power will be restored around midnight on Monday for the remaining 700 people without electricity.

This story was produced as part of the Michigan News Group internship. Teresa is based at the Huron Daily Tribune

 

Teresa Homsi is an environmental reporter and Report for America Corp Member based in northern Michigan for WCMU. She is covering rural environmental issues, public health and Michigan commerce. Homsi has a bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in environmental studies, journalism and anthropology. During her undergraduate, she was a beat reporter for CMU’s student newspaper Central Michigan Life and interned for the Huron Daily Tribune. She has also interned for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in the superfund section. *Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms, more info at https://www.reportforamerica.org/