3 years later: A look back at Kent County’s EF-1 twister

Wyoming tornado damage
Tornado damage in Wyoming. (July 2014)

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Thursday marks three years since an EF-1 tornado tore through parts of Wyoming and Kentwood, causing $5 million in damage but, amazingly, causing no serious injuries.

The nighttime twister was the most powerful one West Michigan had seen in more than a decade.

The damage at Ideal Park in Wyoming. (July 8, 2014)

It wasn’t until morning that the extent of the damage became clear. In Wyoming, Ideal Park was a mess of broken trees and damaged playground equipment. Work to rebuild that park has been delayed by slow work from the state Legislature.

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The tornado’s winds reached 110 mph as it cut a six-mile path of destruction that was as wide as three football fields in some places.

Conditions weren’t ripe for a tornado when the twister hit. Check out Bill’s Blog for a closer look at the devastation, and to find out why no tornado warning was issued.