Damage near Freeport may be from tornado

Covered bridge at Tyler Creek in Bowne Township, built in 1955, was damaged in Monday night's storm. (April 11, 2017)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A round of storms rolled though West Michigan Monday evening, bringing strong rain, gusty winds and possibly a tornado in southeast Kent and southwest Ionia counties.

Storm Team 8 says that damage in a rural area north of the village of Freeport could very well be from a quick spin-up tornado. Radar shows rotation developed at 8:24 p.m. in extreme northern Barry County and tracked northeast. At 8:39, the rotation was strongest near the Kent-Ionia county line. Circulation dissipated at 8:46 p.m. in Campbell Township.

The National Weather Service says a barn was torn apart on 92nd Street SE between Wingeier and Freeport avenues. Trees were also down there, making the road impassable. Storm Team 8 says that damage is associated with a tornadic debris signature.

Roger and Kris Blough live just off 92nd. The storm peeled off the roof of their barn, uprooted trees and knocked over a children’s playhouse. They estimated the storm caused several thousand dollars in damage. But the Bloughs are OK, and neither their home nor their garage sustained any damage.

They said the tornado warning that was in effect Monday evening did not happen until after the storm rolled through. In fact, they didn’t even realize how bad it was until after it was all over and then went outside.

“I couldn’t believe when I came out,” Kris Blough said. “It could have been worse.”

As of 11:45 p.m., the Consumers Energy interactive outage map showed that 164 customers were without power in Ionia County, down from more than 240. There were 3,924 customers without power in Kent County, down from more than 5,600 earlier in the night.

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You should always stay away from downed power lines. If you see one, call 911 and Consumers Energy at 1.800.477.5050.

Storm Team 8 says 1.73 inches of rain fell over Lake Macatawa Monday night, .89 inches fell in Grand Rapids and .73 inches in Hudsonville.

The rainfall from the evening storm and a storm earlier in the day, added to flooding problems in West Michigan. Some parts of Market Avenue SW in Grand Rapids were under at least a foot of water Monday night, cars stalling out and tow trucks being called in.

It is not safe to drive through standing water because it’s impossible to tell how deep it is. If you see a road covered in water, you should find another route.

Some storms early Monday morning produced severe hail up to the size of a golf ball.

Cooler weather will roll in behind these storms, with highs near 50 degrees on Tuesday.

Cooler air will pool in for Tuesday

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