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Seven tornados hit Michigan Saturday night, impacting several Michigan communities. 

Six of the tornados hit the southeast side of Michigan striking Belleville, Canton, Newport, Monroe County, Wayne County, Ingham County and Livington County. The seventh tornado struck Rockford. 

According to meteorologist, Steve Freitag, the multiple tornados hitting Michigan in one night is “about a once every five- to 10-year event.” Freitag, also stated that seven tornados hitting in one night in August is a new record. 

The tornados ranged from EF0 to EF2 in strength, according to Mlive, leaving cars, buildings and plants destroyed. According to the National Weather Association, the tornados left one dead and three injured. 

The impact of the tornados left multiple communities without electricity, and according to The Detroit Free Press, DTE reported roughly 400,000 customers without power in central and lower Michigan. According to The Detroit Free Press, Consumers Energy also reported roughly 200,000 customers without power. DTE employed crews from several other states to work 16-hour shifts, to help with the process of restoring power to Michigan residents.  

According to Mlive, Consumers Energy provided free meals on Sunday for those who lived in areas most impacted. DTE also provided ice, water, and charging ports for those in areas without power as well.