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Strange storm rips through Goodland


Mother Nature leaves calling card after Friday storm rips through area



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April 16, 2008
GOODLAND TWP. — Tim Hill was there to watch his 1996 GMC truck come off the assembly line more than ten years ago.

Today, he can only stand back and watch and wait for the insurance adjuster to arrive and survey what remains of the mangled vehicle after a nearly 100 foot tall tree crashed through its bed on Friday evening.

Despite the loss, Tim said he's just grateful he and wife, Miriam, along with their home, came out of the storm unscathed.

"We're just praising the Lord for that," he said outside of his N. Van Dyke residence on Monday morning.

The Hills lost electricity around 4 p.m. Since he couldn't operate the garage door opener to his home's attached garage, Tim pulled his truck up his to barn, located in a wooded area west of his home.

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Tim Hill and friend Chuck Bromley survey the damage Hillís truck incurred following a Friday night storm. photo by Maria Brown.
Around 7:30 p.m. the worst of the storm arrived.

"A fog came through the woods and the winds instantly started blowing and there was a roaring noise," Tim said.

As the tops of the trees started bending, the couple headed to the basement.

"Then, it was quiet all of a sudden." Tim said.

Soon after a neighbor called to check on the Hills and Tim said everything appeared to be alright.

The neighbor said he had also witnessed the same mysterious 'fog' travel through the woods.

"Then he said he saw this black cylinder cloud with tree limbs sticking out of it over our house," Tim recalled.

Once Tim headed outside, he saw several trees down and eventually, his truck that fell victim to a mighty trunk.

"I guess that's what you get for living in the woods," Tim said with a laugh.

"At least I've got lots of firewood."

According to the National Weather Service, there were no reports of a tornado in the area but tree damage and winds up to 60 miles per hour were noted by spotters and law enforcement. One inch of hail was reported in Imlay City at 8:10 p.m., approximately 0.75 inches fell in North Branch around 7:10 p.m.

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