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After no tornado warning, residents are thankful for safety

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It's been a very busy week for Gregory Guza at G.G. Construction

"You rush right out and try to take care of everybody," Guza said.

He's been cleaning up residents’ yards in Bad Axe after a tornado touched down last Friday morning.

"Mostly trees hit power lines, pull the lines off of buildings, you patch the holes and here we have shingles that tore right off the whole garage," Guza said.

People who were outside when the tornado came through said it came quick and without warning.

Sgt. Kevin Knoblock with the Bad Axe police had no idea a tornado was headed toward Bad Axe, until it already passed.

"I was on a complaint with some lines down and the winds were whipping and blowing things out of yards and just like that it was gone, maybe 4 or 5 minutes," Knoblock said. "I wasn't sure a storm of this magnitude was coming through."

Director of public works, Scott Boshart, also didn't know what to expect, after no tornado warnings or watches were issued by the National Weather Service.

"There was nothing about that. We knew there were supposed to be high winds, but not tornado type winds," Boshart said.

The National Weather Service said these types of tornadoes are the most difficult to forecast.

These tornadoes typically form on the ground instantaneously, so there's no time for a warning to be issued, said Rich Pollman, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS.

Meanwhile, as clean up continues, the community is coming together and counting their blessings.

"Everybody got out and cleared the roads our city workers did a good job and got everything back to normal relatively fast. Power got restored in a pretty timely manner as well," Knoblock said.

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