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Tornado hits northern Michigan as storms pass by

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:40 PM

The tornado hit about noon in Hale, an unincorporated community in Iosco County's Plainfield Township about 55 miles north of Bay City, the weather service said. There were no reported injuries.

The tornado was on the ground for about 2 minutes with maximum winds of 100 mph, the weather service said.

Alward's Market in Hale had its front windows blown out and lost most of the shingles from its side and front overhang, owner Bob Alward told The Bay City Times. He said only a few people were inside the store at the time.

"It didn't sound that loud," Alward said. "I was standing in the back of the store with the door wide open and was watching it. Then I saw some trees start to lay down at the property down from me and knew something wasn't good. I slammed the door and by the time I got to the front, it had already passed. It only lasted 5 to 10 seconds."

The tornado came as a wave of severe thunderstorms passed through lower Michigan, knocking down trees and blocking some roads.

A funnel cloud was sighted in Ogemaw County at about 11:40 a.m., the weather service said. The site was about 8 miles east-southeast of West Branch.

Winds gusting up to 60 mph knocked down trees, blocking a highway in Crawford County, the weather service said.

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