Severe storms give Hudson a near miss

June 10, 2010 —

A line of severe storms swept across the area late Saturday night and early Sunday morning spawning tornados that caused damage in surrounding areas, but fortunately causing little damage in the local area besides a couple trees down and some power outages in town, with scattered power outages reported elsewhere in the Hudson area.

Things were not quite as nice nearby. Late Saturday night tornado warnings flew just south of the Ohio border. While there were no reports of tornado touchdowns in the general area, the same storm system caused considerable damage and five deaths near Toledo, where a high school was damaged among other issues.

A second line of supercells swept by about two hours later, missing Hudson to the north, and this one did cause damage. An EF-1 tornado touched down about a mile north of Rome Center, and caused extensive damage to a farm owned by Jerry Van Brunt. Damage included four pole barns being destroyed, along with damage to several classic cars and tractors, and a new combine. Twelve semi trucks owned by Van Brunt’s son David were also damaged.

Vivian Van Brunt commented, “The community has been amazing. We had hundreds of people show up yesterday with food and equipment, people I didn’t even know who said they were our neighbors, crock pots full of food, thirteen pizzas, four fully cooked turkeys. We really appreciated it!”

There was other damage, including a damaged barn, along the two and a half mile path of the touchdown.

Ironically, the damaged area was very close to the area damaged in the legendary 1965 Palm Sunday tornado.
A few minutes later the same storm system dropped an EF-2 tornado near Dundee, doing considerable damage.

Hudson and Lenawee County have been lucky about tornados recently, with none reported in the last several years. But the possibility of them happening in storm season has always been present. This storm, in spite of its relatively small power, was particularily dangerous because of it striking in the early hours of the morning when most people would not be aware of tornado warnings because of being asleep. Even if people had been awake, there wouldn’t have been a lot of reaction time; the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning only two minutes before the storm hit Dundee.