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Storms packing damaging winds, heavy rain spawn tornado in Michigan; power outages widespread

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OWENDALE, Michigan — Officials say storms carrying damaging winds and heavy rain spawned at least one tornado in Michigan and knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service says a tornado hit the Huron County community of Owendale about 6:40 p.m. Sunday, damaging the roof of a school and knocking down trees. Meteorologist Steven Freitag says there were no reports of injuries.

In the northern Lower Peninsula, storms started around 10 a.m. Sunday and lasted for about 12 hours. The Leelanau County community of Glen Arbor was hit hard by winds. Power outages were reported in Traverse City, where a free outdoor movie was scratched.

On Sunday, the Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas was temporarily closed at one point as winds hit 65 mph.

PHOTO: Debris rests on the ground after a garage was damaged by fallen tree during a severe thunderstorm in Traverse City, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Authorities said gusts as high as 65 mph left thousands without power, damaged houses and left some roads impassable. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
Debris rests on the ground after a garage was damaged by fallen tree during a severe thunderstorm in Traverse City, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Authorities said gusts as high as 65 mph left thousands without power, damaged houses and left some roads impassable. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

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