7.8.14: It was a tornado that touched down south of Grand Rapids
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado packing winds of 100 to 110 miles per hour hit the Grand Rapids area, causing heavy damage across its short path on the ground.
Forecaster Brian Meade said Monday that the tornado was high in the weather service’s EF-1 range. The tornado’s path included parts of Kentwood and Wyoming.
The weather service says on its website the tornado first touched down Sunday night in Byron Center, traveled just over six miles and was 300 to 400 yards wide.
Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley says two people needed hospitalization after being pulled from collapsed homes. He says his community opened up its parks and recreation facilities early Monday and 54 people took shelter overnight.
The tornado came as a severe thunderstorm hit western Michigan.