Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Michigan tornado: Twister, hail and then destruction (videos)

A tornado tore through Dexter, Mich., on Thursday, leaving a trail of hail and destruction in its wake. At least 50 homes were destroyed in the town, just 15 miles outside of Ann Arbor, the Detroit Free Press reports.


(AP)

On Friday, Dexter residents sorted through the rubble of their belongings and recounted watching the funnel cloud form. Jennifer Lawrence of Dexter told the Free Press she ran into her basement with her two children when the tornado sirens went off. “I listened to it all come down. I could hear ripping, hitting and falling,” she said. “I texted my husband, ‘we’re getting hit.’”

The twisters were part of a heavy storm in the region that brought rain, hail and high winds, according to the Free Press. Trees and power lines went down, causing fires and flooding roads. Golf-ball-sized hail fell from the sky. Fire crews on Friday worked their way through the neighborhoods to assist residents and ensure that no one was still trapped.


A house is missing part of its roof in Dexter, Mich. (Angela J. Cesere - AP)
Several people in Dexter filmed the storm and its damage. Matthew Altruda, who was heading back from a round of golf with his girlfriend when the funnel began forming, shot the following video on his iPhone from a nearby car:

Another person captured the hail falling like gumballs in a Dexter forest:

Two men driving through Dexter filmed the damage from the twister. “Oh my gosh,” the driver says, “oh my gosh.” “That house is just gone,” the passenger replies. Watch:

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