Storms brought end to late summer heat wave - Sep 12th, 2013 - State

The National Weather Service says it plans to survey storm damage at the Albion College campus and the surrounding area.

The weather service says an official will be in southern Michigan to determine whether Wednesday's storm damage was due to high winds or a tornado. Storms that moved across the state knocked down trees and power lines in Albion and elsewhere.

Public Safety Director Scott Kipp in Albion told the Battle Creek Enquirer that damage was mostly to trees and power lines, with a few roofs of downtown buildings damaged. Kipp says most of the damage was concentrated in the south side of the city.

In southeastern Michigan, damage was blamed on severe thunderstorms. Power outages closed some schools. The Grand Blanc area near Flint also saw damage.

Albion College will be closed until Monday. The college has no hot water or power and power lines and limbs are down all over campus. They have sent the students home and crews are hoping that all services will be restored by Sunday.