Albion storm damage caused by microburst

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Photo Gallery: PHOTOS: Albion storm damage - 9/11/13
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ALBION, Mich. (WZZM/Battle Creek Enquirer) -- A National Weather Service official has determined that a microburst - a sudden downburst of wind - with speeds of up to 80 mph caused Wednesday's heavy damage in Albion.

There was no tornado, the weather service said.

The worst damage occurred along a 2-mile-long path that was a quarter-mile to a half-mile in width, the weather service said.

The weather service said the greatest damage appeared to be within the Albion city limits.

Widespread damage included trees down, power lines down, and roofs damaged. Some trees fell on homes and a church.

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Albion College reported such severe damage that classes were canceled until Monday and most of the campus was closed until Sunday afternoon. The college said it had no power, no phone service and no hot water. Students were asked to leave their dorm rooms until Sunday.

The weather service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area as the storm rapidly developed shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.


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