Oakland County Sees Damage From Tornado And Severe Weather

Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County activated its severe weather sirens at 7:58 PM on Saturday, July 24, after receiving a tornado warning notice from the National Weather Service (NWS).

At 8:02 PM, the National Weather Service confirmed that radar indicated a tornado was located near Clarkston, moving east. But there was not an actual touchdown reported by NWS.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation to support the safety of all residents in Oakland County,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “We urge all residents to report downed wires and stay away from standing water.”

Employees at the Oakland County Emergency Management (OCEM) department were monitoring emergency 9-1-1 calls coming in to dispatchers, who were fielding reports of flooding, blocked roads and structural damage to homes and businesses. There have been no significant life safety issues reported due to the storm.

“Many people are typically interested in the measured intensity of the storm,” said Rob Seeley, director of Oakland County Emergency Management. “That information is usually determined about 24 hours after a weather event as well as confirming reported touchdowns from private citizens.”

Downed wires can be reported to DTE Energy online or at 800-477-4747.

Oakland County will continue to update its social media throughout the night and tomorrow, as weather developments occur. Residents should monitor local media as well as Oakland County social media at: https://www.facebook.com/OakGov.HS.

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