Michigan tornado kills child | AP News

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) – A toddler was killed and his mother was injured when a tornado struck suburban Detroit without warning, while five people were injured when a tornado in Maryland collapsed structures and trapped people inside.

Officials in Livonia, Michigan, said the tornado ravaged several neighborhoods Wednesday afternoon and developed so quickly that there was no warning from the National Weather Service or other agencies that would normally have led to the activation of warning sirens.

Part of a downed tree is tangled in power lines behind homes on Hubbard Street after a storm in Livonia, Michigan, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP)

The storm uprooted a huge tree that fell on a family’s home and through the roof, landing on a bed where a woman and her 2-year-old child were sleeping, officials said in an article posted on the website from the city. Crews worked for nearly an hour to remove the roof and parts of the tree, then lift the tree to get the victims out.

The small child was clearly dead at the scene, authorities said. The mother was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

A 2-week-old sibling who was sleeping in a crib in a separate room was not injured but taken to a hospital for evaluation, the Livonia fire chief said. Robert Jennison told WDIV-TV.

“This is a terrible tragedy for our community,” Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan said in the release. “Our hearts are also broken and we send you our deepest condolences.”

The Detroit Weather Service confirmed on the social platform The agency indicated that the tornado traveled more than 8 kilometers, uprooting trees and damaging some homes.

Injured tornado victims are moved to the front yard of a neighbor's home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, before being transported to a hospital.  Several people were injured when a large tree collapsed on a home on Dogwood Drive.  (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via AP)

Injured tornado victims are moved to the front yard of a neighbor’s home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, before being transported to a hospital. Several people were injured when a large tree collapsed on a home on Dogwood Drive. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via AP)

A weather service representative called it a rotating storm that did not appear on its radars in time to issue a warning, according to city officials.

It’s been a dark spring for tornadoes in the United States, where Bad weather killed at least 24 people Only during Memorial Day weekend. April saw the second highest number of tornadoes ever recorded in the country. Storms come like climate change generally contributes to the severity of storms around the world.

Tornado Warnings They were issued Wednesday evening for parts of several other states, including Ohio, New Jersey and Delaware. In coastal New Hampshire, storms downed trees and caused power outages.

In Maryland, emergency responders responded to reports that people were trapped inside structures that collapsed after a tornado struck Wednesday evening. In Gaithersburg, there were reports of three collapsed structures with people trapped inside, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department. The most extensive damage occurred when a large tree fell on a house, injuring five people who were taken to hospital, including one with traumatic injuries, he said. No serious injuries were reported at other structures.

Local television footage showed large felled trees damaging homes as they fell.

An injured tornado victim is transported in Gaithersburg, Md., Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Several people were injured when a large tree collapsed on a home on Dogwood Drive.  (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via AP)

An injured tornado victim is transported in Gaithersburg, Md., Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Several people were injured when a large tree collapsed on a home on Dogwood Drive. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via AP)

Several trees slammed into a structure at Rotary Park in Livonia, Michigan, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, as a tornado tore through the western Wayne County community.  (Nolan Finley/The Detroit News via AP)

Several trees slammed into a structure at Rotary Park in Livonia, Michigan, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, as a tornado tore through the western Wayne County community. (Nolan Finley/The Detroit News via AP)

People walk through Rotary Park looking at downed trees after a tornado swept through the Livonia, Mich., area Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP)

People walk through Rotary Park looking at downed trees after a tornado swept through the Livonia, Mich., area Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP)

According to Kevin Rodriguez, chief meteorologist at the Weather Service office in Sterling, Virginia, nine different areas of potential tornado damage in Maryland will be surveyed by crews, to determine if there was a tornado that jumped or different tornadoes. The bureau issued 22 tornado warnings Wednesday, the fourth most issued in a single day by the bureau that covers much of Maryland, the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Rodriguez said.

In Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, there was footage of what were likely tornadoes on the ground, Rodriguez said. Based on the video, he said they could confirm four tornadoes in Maryland, two in Montgomery County from Poolesville to Gaithersburg and east to Olney, one in the Arbutus area of ​​the county in Baltimore and another near the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster. These areas must still be studied over the next few days to assess their strength.

“In early June, it’s especially rare to have this many tornadoes,” Rodriguez said. “It was quite prolific for the beginning of June.”

In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, fires at two homes on opposite ends of town were believed to have been started by lightning strikes that occurred less than 15 minutes apart, Fire Chief William McQuillen said. Both homes were damaged and one was deemed uninhabitable. No injuries were reported.

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