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6 tornadoes confirmed in weekend storms

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Tornado warnings were in place in parts of West Michigan through most of Saturday afternoon with multiple touchdowns. The National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids has confirmed five touchdowns.

The official statement from the Grand Rapids office states:

  • 5 tornadoes have been confirmed in West Michigan from Saturday, August 20, including 2 in the Grand Rapids metro area.
    • 1 tornado (EF-1) between Bangor and north of Grand Junction in Van Buren and southern Allegan Counties.
    • 1 tornado (EF-1) southeast of Fennville, to east of Hamilton, to south of Jamestown in Allegan and Ottawa Counties.
    • 2 tornadoes (EF-0) in the Grand Rapids metro area, Kent County. EF-1 wind damage also occurred.
    • 1 tornado (EF-1) between Orleans and Fenwick in Ionia and Montcalm Counties.?

Below are official damage results from tornadoes that have been confirmed so far.

Bangor-Grand Junction (Van Buren, Allegan Counties): EF-1 Tornado

Surveys confirm that an EF-1 tornado touched down southwest of Bangor. This tornado then moved northeast through town. The storm took out power to the town, downed hundreds of trees, and damaged multiple structures.

After leaving Bangor, the tornado tracked further to the northeast causing damage to True Blue Farms, and the Columbia Township Hall in Grand Junction. The tornado continued its path into extreme southern Allegan county before lifting 2.5 miles northeast of Grand Junction at 103rd Ave to the west of 52nd Street.

This tornado packed winds of 90 to 110 mph and was on the ground for 10.6 miles.

Kent County (Northeast Grand Rapids): EF-0 Tornado

A tornado damage survey also concluded a tornado touchdown in parts of Kent County. After the survey was complete, the tornado was given an EF-0 rating with peak winds of 70 to 80 MPH.

The tornado touched down at approximately 2:50 PM on Saturday around 3 miles northeast of downtown Grand Rapids and traveled a distance of 0.75 miles, with a damage path width of 25 to 50 yards. It lifted around 2:52 PM.

Tree damage and damage to property from fallen trees was found near Perkins Avenue NE between Leonard Street NE and Knapp Street NE.

Orleans-Fenwick? (Ionia & Montcalm County): EF-1 Tornado

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in parts of Ionia and Montcalm Counties on Saturday afternoon.

After NWS meteorologists conducted a damage survey, the tornado was given an EF-1 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with peak winds near 90 MPH and a path width of 100 yards. It was on the ground for 8 miles.

The tornado touched down 0.4 miles east of Orleans at approximately 3:10 on Saturday afternoon and was on the ground for approximately fifteen minutes, ending 3.5 southeast of Sheridan.

According to the damage survey, the tornado brought down several trees, blew out a concrete block wall on a garage, and peeled shingles off the roof of a house.

Grandville-Wyoming (Kent County): EF-0 Tornado

NWS surveys found an EF-0 tornado touched down near 44th street and Ivanrest Ave SW in Grandville. This storm moved on a varying path through Grandville and Wyoming before lifting close to the intersection of Nagel Ave SW and Chicago Drive SW.

The path took it on a zig-zag pattern over a number of major roads and intersections before it dissipated. The storm downed hundreds of trees, which knocked out power and damaged multiple homes and vehicles. This storm also caused damage to the Wyoming Middle School football and soccer fields, as well as Battjes and Prairie Park.

Fennville-Hamilton-Jamestown (Allegan & Ottawa Counties): 2 EF-1 Tornadoes

NWS teams have completed their survey of the tornado damage in Allegan and Ottawa Counties, and have now confirmed that the damage resulted from two separate tornadoes. The first of the two EF-1 twisters touched down 6 miles southeast of Fennville at approximately 1:42 PM, and carved a 10-mile path before lifting 4 miles northeast of Hamilton. Maximum winds were estimated between 90-100 mph along the damage path that was 50-100 yeards wide.

The second twister touched down 2 miles northwest of the town of Burnips, and crossed the border into Ottawa County before lifting 2 miles southeast of Jamestown. Over a total ground track of 4 miles, maximum winds were also estimated between 90-100 mph with a damage path that also ranged from 50-100 yeards wide.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale

  • EF-0 (Weak): 65 to 85 MPH
  • EF-1 (Weak): 86 to 110 MPH
  • EF-2 (Strong): 111 to 135 MPH
  • EF-3 (Strong): 136 to 165 MPH
  • EF-4 (Violent): 166 to 200 MPH
  • EF-5 (Violent): Greater than 200 MPH

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