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Storms Leave A Wake Of Damage In Albion

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ALBION, Mich. (WLNS) - Officials at Albion College evacuated students and sent them home for a long weekend after Wednesday night's storm knocked out power to the campus and most of the town.

Consumers Energy reports the majority of power outages in Michigan Wednesday night were in Albion because the "microburst" only descended on Albion, not any of the neighboring communities.

Officials from the National Weather Service say tornado and hurricane strength winds, 70 - 80 miles per hour, and a significant amount of rain fell on Albion, a city just four square miles, all in less than five minutes.

It was as if a storm cloud descended directly over the city of Albion.

Jim Maczko with the National Weather Service in Battle Creek said the storm didn't start causing damage until it reached Albion.

"And it caused damage all the way across Albion. And then at that point, we haven't had anymore significant damage from the storm," Maczko said. 

The interim president of Albion College says if there's a silver lining, it's that there isn't a single injury to students, faculty members or Albion residents.

"If you look at the tree damage, you'd think the physical damage to buildings and things would have been a lot worse than it is. And we're extremely lucky that no one was hurt at all," said Michael Frandsen.

Because nearly all of the college's 1,300 students live on campus, school officials decided to evacuate dorms and send students home for a long weekend. The action gives Consumers Energy and clean-up crews time to restore power and get everything back in working order without jeopardizing students' safety.

Consumers Energy officials say they hope to have power working throughout the city by Friday. Albion Police say, at this point, all down lines throughout town should already be roped off. If residents find one that's not, they should report it to Albion's Department of Public Safety.

 

Albion College students and residents say it's hard to believe it wasn't a tornado Wednesday night that downed power lines and fell trees, many of which crushed cars.

"I don't think there was a tornado, there was no word there was a tornado. But it sure felt and sounded like something," said Travis Trombley, an Albion student. 

The storm wasn't a tornado. According to the National Weather Service the storm was a "microburst".

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