DUNDEE, Mich. (WXYZ) - The National Weather Service has confirmed as many as eight tornados hit Michigan during Saturday night's intense storms. Most of those hit the west side of the state.
As of Monday night, DTE says 2,800 people are still without power, most of those are in Monroe County. The utility has set up a mobile command center in the hardest hit area, and says 1,800 workers are working to bring the power back on.
The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Monroe County and one in Lenawee County.
The first hit at 1:48 a.m. Sunday morning in Lenawee County at Southward Highway and Woerner Road.
The tornado tracked 2.5 miles east and spanned a total of 250 yards with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour as it crossed US-23.
A second, more powerful storm ripped through Monroe County at 2:11 a.m. Sunday morning.
It began at County Line Road and Rankin then moved through Dundee at 2:17 a.m.
Winds reached between 130 to 135 miles per hour and the width of the tornado was 800 yards as it spun through Dundee.
The twister tracked another 7 miles before lifting at 2:27 a.m.
The third tornado touched down at 2:33 a.m. Sunday morning in southwest Detroit Beach in Monroe County.
That twister tracked 5 miles to the northeast and reached Estral Beach at 2:39 a.m.
It's path width was 500 yards and winds topped 90 miles per hour.
A third twister affected the Fermi Nuclear Power Plant.
Snapped utility poles and downed power lines are scattered throughout the area.
DTE said at least 200 poles are down and that it will take up to three days to make major progress in restoring service.
At least 10 people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but no deaths have been reported in Monroe.
Action News crews talked to dozens of residents throughout the area. One man we spoke with says his son had a mild heart attack after his home was lifted off its foundation. He and his fiance were taking cover in the basement when the storms rolled through – the destructive force of the system buried them in debris.
Many residents are trying to figure out what they can salvage. Many of the homes in this area are historical buildings and suffered severe damage.
Commercial buildings, including Splash Universe, were also damaged. People staying at the hotel had to evacuated.
Several people were taken to hospitals after damage to the Holiday Inn Express near U.S. 23 in Dundee.
The tornado also ripped the roof off of Cabela's restaurant.
More than 100 people who were staying at the hotel were evacuated to the nearby Dundee Middle School.
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