IMLAY CITY — The brunt of a pair of severe wind and rain storms that pounded the region in recent days, skirted much of the Tri-City area.
But don't tell that to Jeanine Iloncaie and her daughter, Teresa, both of whom experienced the storm's wrath first-hand.
It was shortly after midnight on Thursday that Jeanine recalled hearing a loud thud of something crashing to the ground.
When she looked out of the window of Teresa's residence at 1795 S. Almont Ave., she discovered that a giant limb had fallen on two cars parked in the driveway, both of which belonged to her.
Two other cars, Teresa's, and another owned by her daughter, were not damaged. A non-electric utility line was also brought down on the property.
"I thought at first that it fell on the house," said Jeanine. "Then I realized it had nailed both of my cars."
Teresa Iloncaie assesses the result of a downed tree branch at her home on Almont Avenue in Imlay City. Storms during the past week caused significant damage in Genesee County, but Lapeer County was generally spared. photo by Tom Wearing.
The damaged cars were a 1988 Ford Escort, which was parked forward in the driveway, and Jeanine's recently-purchased 1996 Mercury Sable.
Jeanine said friends were later able to lift and remove the limb from the vehicles, revealing some damage to both cars.
There was no estimate of damage and the house was not affected. Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves said there were other incidents of storm damage reported in Lapeer County.
"The National Weather Service predicted the storm would hit us around 11:45 p.m., and sure enough, that was just about the time the big wind and lightning hit," said Reaves.
On Friday, a tornado ripped through the City of Fenton, and winds reaching 100 mph caused significant damage in Hadley Township in Lapeer County.