Tornado touches down, leaves massive trail of damage in Tuscola County

Residents describe extensive damage left by tornado

By Priya Mann - Reporter, Derick Hutchinson

TUSCOLA COUNTY, Mich. - A tornado touched down Thursday and left a trail of damage in Tuscola County, which is in Michigan's thumb.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touched down in Kingston.

Viewer video captured the tornado touching down in Tuscola County on Aug. 17, 2017. (WDIV)

A family's roof was badly damaged when a tornado touched down in Tuscola County on Aug. 17, 2017. (WDIV)

Video shows the damage the tornado caused, and several residents said they saw the storm take aim right at them.

The path of destruction is pretty obvious. A 35-foot pine tree was ripped into pieces, a cornfield was flattened and a trailer was thrown on its side.

James Dean Bruderick was at church when the winds picked up.

"Somebody said, 'Why don't we just go check on the deck or house?'" Bruderick said. "I said, 'Nah, there's no tornadoes around here.' So we came home, and this is what we came into."

A trailer was ruined when a tornado touched down in Tuscola County on Aug. 17, 2017. (WDIV)

His trailer flipped on its side, smashing into a backhoe. His RV was thrown about 50 feet, landing in his neighbor's yard.

"There's what the camper looks like now," Bruderick said. "The last time it was used was a couple of weeks ago when my daughter got married."

David Vasbinder said he was at home when the front door suddenly flew open.

"I was trying to push the door shut like this, you know," Vasbinder said. "The wind was blowing and ripped the pictures right off the wall."

Just a few yards away, a tree limb was embedded deep into the ground.

A tornado caused a trailer to flip on its side in Tuscola County on Aug. 17, 2017. (WDIV)

"It kind of makes you realize that it could do some tremendous damage," Vasbinder said. "If it had hit the house, we were right there. We'd have went right with it."

View video captured the moment an EF0 tornado touched down Thursday night a few miles southeast of Kingston in Tuscola County. Winds reached 75 mph and the isolated tornado was about 100 yards wide.

"It's crazy how a strip of damage can happen like this," Bruderick said.

You can see more storm damage in Priya Mann's video posted above.

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