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.
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.
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.