Severe Weather from Michigan to Tennessee

By John Marsh
March 16, 2012, 3:33:14 PM EDT

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Severe weather is erupting from Michigan to Tennessee tonight bringing hail, damaging wind gusts and even tornadoes.

A reported tornado touched down, damaging trees, power lines and a shed 2 miles northeast of Dexter, Mich. Another reported tornado touched down just 2 miles from Ida, Mich. There have been numerous reports of a third tornado 3 miles south of Columbiaville, Mich.

Patti Vanriper, employee of La Fontaine Chevrolet in Dexter, Mich., described the scene as "horrifying," "I have debris on my car. I think it's insulation. There are roofs torn off houses, and debris is blown all over. It's really scary," said Vanriper.


Warning: the following video contains adult language.

This video shows the tornado that touched down near Dexter, Mich. Warning: It may contain some adult language. Video courtesy of YouTube user Tree Town Sound.

"We'll see the severe weather threat it transition into more of just a threat for heavy rains where the remnant storms go," Meteorologist Brian Edwards said." The Ohio Valley and the Tennessee Valley should transition into a heavy rain and maybe some thunder overnight. Farther east into western and central New York and Pennsylvania could see some of these storms reach them late tonight. Those should probably just be rain and again, maybe some thunder."

A Tru-Seal factory roof has collapsed due to heavy rain. Three injuries have been reported. All personnel are accounted for.

A person was struck by lightning in Hartselle, Ala. The extent of their injury is unknown at this point.

Hail reports have come in from Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. There have been nearly 200 hail reports in total.

Baseball-sized hail (2.75 inches) fell on Carrollton, Ill.

Flash flooding has caused a mudslide between Great Crossing and the Franklin County Line in Georgetown, Ky. Red Lick Road near Locust Branch, Ky., was covered by a foot and a half of flowing water.

Trees have been blown down in multiple counties across Kentucky.

Winds gusted to 70 mph near Davison, Mich. Down in the South, winds gusted to 71 mph in Huntsville, Ala.

These raw videos show the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through Dexter, Mich.

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