MICHIGAN — Michigan State Police say first responders confirmed 21 homes were damaged Thursday evening by thunderstorms that spawned a tornado, and did widely-scattered damage across a wide swath of Lower Michigan. National Weather Service surveyors will be busy Friday, surveying damage after Tornado Warnings were posted in Jackson, Genesee, Lenawee, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties – with substantial damage in some communities. MSP/Bay Region tweeted at 10:18 p.m. Thursday that "MSP aviation will be flying the path of the tornado when the weather clears. Many more homes are suspected to have been damaged. We still do not have any confirmed injuries." Fire & Rescue in Vernon (Shiawassee Co.) confirmed Thursday at 7:03 p.m. "lots of debris and two homes damaged from a confirmed tornado." The National Weather Service posted witness reports of a roof being blown off a house in Durand, just southeast of Vernon, in Shiawassee County. Trees six-to-10 inches in diameter were torn down – apparently by the same twister. Meanwhile, that same powerful line of thunderstorms swept through West Michigan before […]