NWS confirms landspout tornado near Grand Junction

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


COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The National Weather Service says an EF-0 landspout tornado was on the ground near the border of Allegan and Van Buren counties on Friday.

The landspout tornado touched down around 8:31 p.m. near 56th Street just north of Grand Junction in Van Buren County, according to a preliminary report the NWS released Saturday afternoon. It covered about .2 miles before lifting off at 8:32 p.m. It cut a path up to 25 yards wide and had an estimated peak wind of 60 mph, the NWS said.

There were no injuries or damage reported.

>>Ask Ellen: What is a landspout?

A landspout is a type of tornado that develops from a heavy rain shower or weak thunderstorm. It has a weak rotating funnel, which makes them dissipate very quickly.

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