Weak tornado touches down in Van Buren Co.

A land spout spotted in Van Buren County on Friday, June 30, 2017. (Courtesy Cindy Stokes Johnson)


GOBLES, Mich. (WOOD) — Gobles Fire Department and Columbia Township Fire Department both reported funnel clouds or tornadoes shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday.

There was no rotation or lightning on radar, making a full-fledged tornado unlikely.

However, several viewer photos and videos have come in showing what appears to be a rope-shaped, small tornado near Grand Junction in northern Van Buren County.

Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Kyle Underwood said it was likely a landspout, which is like a tornado but usually weak, short lived causing little or no damage. Also, landspouts don’t have a rotating updraft, which makes them dissipate very quickly.

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