NWS: 2nd tornado touched down during storms

An EF-0 tornado touched down in Ionia County just after midnight Monday. (July 6, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The National Weather Service has confirmed a second tornado touched down in West Michigan just after midnight Monday.

NWS officials said the tornado, which produced EF-0 damage, touched down just north of I-96 just west of S. Keefer Highway, northwest of Portland in Ionia County, at 12:16 a.m. It was on the ground for less than one mile and was 50 yards wide.

Peak winds, according to the NWS, were around 75 miles per hour and caused some tree and crop damage. Five buildings surrounding a barn also had some damage, and roofing on one home was damaged.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in place at the time the twister touched down, but a Tornado Warning had not been issued.

The other tornado, a “high-end EF-1,” touched down in Wyoming southwest of the M-6/US-131 interchange and moved northeast through Kentwood. Unlike the Ionia tornado, it produced heavy damage, including structural damage, along its six-mile path.


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