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Small tornado briefly touches down in Rochester Hills, ripping off roofs, knocking down trees

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ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan — The National Weather Service says that a small tornado briefly touched down in one suburban Detroit neighborhood, causing damage to homes and trees but apparently not injuring anyone.

PHOTO: Downed trees line Grandview Drive.  Residents, emergency workers and the curious check out the damage from a tornado that struck Grandview Drive in Rochester Hills, Mich., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Brandy Baker)
Downed trees line Grandview Drive. Residents, emergency workers and the curious check out the damage from a tornado that struck Grandview Drive in Rochester Hills, Mich., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Brandy Baker)

WWJ-AM reports that the weather service says the tornado hit the Rochester Hills neighborhood about 6 a.m. Sunday. It says the winds tore the roofs off some houses and knocked down mature trees.

The weather service says the damage happened in a six block area of the northern Detroit suburb. It says the funnel cloud was on the ground about two minutes along a 1 ΒΌ-mile path.

The tornado follows severe thunderstorms that hit the state's Lower Peninsula on Saturday, interrupting the University of Michigan's football game against Utah.

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