Tornado rips through Livonia, killing 2-year-old

A 2-year-old child was killed Wednesday when a tornado ripped through Livonia and toppled a tree that landed on the family’s home.

His mother and 2-month-old brother were hospitalized after a tornado quickly ripped through the city, the National Weather Service said.

“We were informed by Livonia Emergency Management that a two-year-old child was killed and his mother and a two-month-old baby were injured,” said Steve Considine, a meteorologist with the weather service in White Lake Township. “This was because a tree fell on their house.”

Livonia residents reported no warning sirens sounded before or during the storm. The weather service said no warning was issued, but the tornado developed quickly and the agency did not have time to warn residents.

“We had put out a special weather statement for the thunderstorm, which produced winds of 40 miles per hour, (but) we had a rapid development of the tornado right over Livonia and it developed and dissipated very quickly, so it was difficult to get a to issue a warning about such a fast tornado, he said.

The weather service said it was sending a team to investigate the strength and size of the twister.

Downed trees were also reported in Carsonville in Sanilac County, and several downed trees and power lines were reported in St. Clair County, both where wind gusts up to 60 mph blew through the Thumb region, the weather service said.