US tornadoes: Emergency declared for 4 Michigan counties; 50 trapped inside damaged FedEx facility amidst thunderstorms

A person lost his life in Tennessee as severe storms barreled through the central US

Kalamazoo storm thunderstorm ap photo Storm damaged mobile homes are surrounded by debris at Pavilion Estates mobile home park just east of Kalamazoo | AP

A person lost his life in Tennessee as severe storms barreled through the central United States on Wednesday. Three tornadoes were confirmed in Michigan -- in Kalamazoo, Cass and Branch counties -- all in the southwestern part of the state, reports said.

The Tennessee resident who lost his life due to the natural calamity was identified as a 22-year-old youth, whose car was struck by a tree that toppled onto the car he was in, the Associated Press said.

In Michigan's Portage, about 50 people temporarily were trapped inside a damaged FedEx facility because of downed power lines. As things stand, more than 20,000 people remain at their homes sans power supply. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, meanwhile, declared a state of emergency for four counties.

Tornadoes were first reported after dark Tuesday in parts of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, while portions of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri were also under a tornado watch, according to the National Weather Service. The storms came a day after a deadly twister ripped through an Oklahoma town.

In southern Indiana, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado with a preliminary EF-0 rating and 85 mph (137 kph) winds touched down early Wednesday

Survey teams planned to head out Wednesday to determine whether tornadoes struck locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, according to Jeff Craven, the meteorologist-in-charge in the weather service’s Pittsburgh office, the AP report said.

The tornado damaged some homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the tornado, the news agency quoted the Division of Emergency Management as saying.

Tuesday's storms came a day after parts of the central United States were battered by heavy rain, strong winds, hail and twisters. Both the Plains and Midwest have been hammered by tornadoes this spring.

Across the U.S., the entire week is looking stormy. The Midwest and the South are expected to get the brunt of the bad weather through the rest of the week, including in Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis and Cincinnati — cities where more than 21 million people live. It should be clear over the weekend.

On Monday night, a deadly twister in Oklahoma tore through the 1,000-person town of Barnsdall. At least one person was killed and another was missing. Dozens of homes were destroyed.

It was the second tornado to hit Barnsdall in five weeks — a twister on April 1 with maximum wind speeds of 90 to 100 mph (145 to 161 kph) damaged homes and blew down trees and power poles.

Areas in Oklahoma, including Sulphur and Holdenville, are still recovering from a tornado that killed four and left thousands without power late last month.

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