Tornado causes tree to crash through roof, resulting in death of 2-year-old boy and injury to mother

According to Steve Considine, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, Livonia Emergency Management relayed the tragic news that a 2-year-old child lost their life, while their mother and a 2-month-old infant were injured. Considine explained to The Detroit News that the incident was caused by a fallen tree that struck their home.

According to the newspaper, even though the weather service confirmed the tornado as a low-level EF-1 storm, no warning sirens were activated. Officials explained that the tornado developed swiftly and did not provide the agency with enough time to alert the residents.

According to the News, Considine explained that despite having a special weather statement for the thunderstorm, a tornado rapidly formed over Livonia with 40 mph winds and dissipated just as quickly, making it challenging to issue a warning for such a sudden event.

Jennison acknowledged the call to be extremely traumatic as many of the fathers have children of similar ages. Nevertheless, he emphasized that this is what they train for and do. Although there will be a need for healing, he reassured that this is why they are here.

According to WJBK, it was reported by Jennison that the rescue operation demanded the utilization of nearly a dozen chainsaws and 25 firefighters, who worked on cutting the tree into smaller parts. It took them around an hour to lift the enormous trunks of the tree.

According to the television station, Newburgh and Schoolcraft areas were damaged by the fast-moving storm.

According to WJBK, Lisa McLeod, a resident, described the scene as “crazy,” stating that the destruction caused by the storm resembled a tornado. McLeod recalled a similar incident back in 2013 or 2014, where a tornado zig-zagged through the neighborhood and uprooted several trees, which is similar to the current situation.

According to Debra Eisel, the storms caught them off guard and were unexpected.

In an interview with the television station, she expressed her shock at the suddenness of the tornado’s arrival. “We had no warning,” she recounted. “Normally, we would hear the sirens go off for tornado warnings, but this time, there was no indication whatsoever. It just hit us like a sudden boom.”

Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan expressed her condolences for the tragedy that struck their community, stating that it is a terrible loss that has left their hearts broken. She added that their deepest sympathies are with those affected by this unfortunate incident.

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