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No tornado siren issued in Mid-Michigan community

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OWENDALE, MI (WNEM) -

This debris pile is growing. But residents want to know why there was no warning issued.

"It's a mess. There's a lot of it," said Mary Jahr, a resident.

Residents of Huron County are beginning to pick up the pieces after a destructive EF-1 tornado tore through the rural community of Owendale.

But many were left scratching their heads, as the twister came down with no tornado warning from the National Weather Service.

"We heard sirens from Sebewing earlier in the afternoon around 4:30 or 5:00. But I didn't hear anything later," Jahr said.

So we called the National Weather Service to ask the tough questions.

A spokesman said this particular kind of tornado is hard to predict as it was out ahead of a line of storms and was moving at a rate of nearly 75mph.

Nonetheless, the National Weather Service said a severe thunderstorm warning was issued that warned of the possibility of a tornado.

Those impacted by the devastation said it was no run of the mill thunderstorm.

"There was hail, and it was very destructive. The wind was blowing. All you could do is just start taking cover,” said Cory Mayer, a resident.

Mayer's barn was decimated by the storm. His camper also flipped over.

Trees were tossed like toys.

"I don't know how we are going to recover from it. But we will straighten it out somehow," Mayer said.

And now homeowner like Jahr left to clean up, with no power, but she's taking it in stride.

"I have a generator. But the people who don't..." Jahr said.

No injuries or deaths reported.

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