Developing: Officials investigate heavy wind damage near Dexter
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
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Area fire departments were on the scene near Dexter where heavy winds knocked trees into at least one barn and several roads during a storm around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Units from the County Emergency Management Division were at the scene of multiple damage reports. The Dexter Fire Department also is responding to calls.
Initial calls came in reporting a tornado touchdown. However, Marc Breckenridge, director of emergency services for Washtenaw County, said that has not been confirmed.
"It was not a tornado, but it may have been some isolated wind damage," Breckinridge said. "From what I'm hearing, there were some trees knocked down. Usually, if it's an isolated event, the fire department handles it."
Dexter Fire Chief Loren Yates, who currently is out assessing the damage with about three or four fire trucks, said they have not determined yet if it was in fact a tornado.
"We don't know for certain ... We are still just surveying it. It seems to be just the southeast section of Dexter Township," he said, adding there are a couple of outbuildings that have gone down.
Derrick Jackson of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said the department was receiving calls for downed trees.
Initial reports show calls are coming in from the Island Lake Road, Donnor Road and Waterloo Road areas northwest of Dexter. Reports indicate some roads are closed due to down wires and trees.
Firefighters are asking residents to stay off Waterloo as cleanup takes place.
Initial reports also show people have reported a collapsed barn and a tree on a house. Power outages due to the storm are being reported near Chelsea.
Crews on the scene said reports indicate that no one was hurt.
AnnArbor.com staff writers Katrease Stafford, Lisa Allmendinger and John Counts contributed to this report.