The early verdict is that Saline escaped serious damage as severe weather struck early Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service and several television meteorologists reported tornados, both on radar and on the ground, at about 1:40 a.m., northwest of the City of Saline. The tornado warnings sent Saline families scurrying to their basements.
As of 2:30 a.m., all was quiiet at the Saline Area Fire Department.
"We were fortunate. We've not had any calls. I haven't heard of anything in Saline," said firefighter Brandon Sears. "There's a lot of water out there, but that's about it.
The Saline Area Fire Department covers the City of Saline, the townships of Lodi and Saline, and part of York Township. Shortly after Sears' comments, the fire department was dispatched to Ann Arbor Street and Wagner Road for arcing wires. By 3:23 a.m., Saline-Ann Arbor Road was closed near Tippen's Market because of a downed tree and flooding.
"We'll probably learn a lot more about the damage in the morning when the sun comes up and people notice the tree limbs down in their yard," Sears said.
At the Saline Police Department, Dispatcher Don Terry said most of the calls were minor. There were several reports of a tree limb down on McKay Street. The storm also set off several commercial alarms.
There are several unconfirmed reports of damaged homes near Pleasant Lake, Bethel Church and Kothe roads in Freedom Township. Mlive reported that five homes were damanged in Freedom and Sharon townships by what emergency officials believe was likely a tornado.
WXYZ reported that four or five tornadoes touched down on a volatile summer day in Michigan.