KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A powerful thunderstorm that caused a narrow band of major damage in Kentwood Sunday night was caused by a tornado.
At 10:22 p.m., sudden thunderstorm winds of 90 mph, as estimated by radar, hit near US-131 and 60th Street SE and traveled east-northeast toward 52nd Street and Kalamazoo Avenue SE, crossing Division and Eastern avenues.
According to Storm Team 8, Doppler radar — which allows meteorologists to see wind speeds within a storm — indicated rotation at about 300 feet above ground level.
The National Weather Service sent a crew to the location to perform an evaluation of the damage. The NWS confirmed that the damage was caused by a tornado that touched down in the Kentwood area.
Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Kyle Underwood went to the damage scene and his professional opinion suggested the damage is from a tornado. He was the first person to determine that the damage was caused by a tornado, hours before the NWS.