Storm Team 8: Damage caused by tornado

Storm damage at 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue. (July 7, 2014)
Storm damage at 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue. (July 7, 2014)

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.

Storm winds as they peaked at 10:22 p.m. The bright green pixels represent Doppler-estimated wind speeds of up to 90 mph. July 6, 2014)
(Storm winds as they peaked at 10:22 p.m. The bright green pixels represent Doppler-estimated wind speeds of up to 90 mph. July 6, 2014)

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