Some $4.5 million dollars in damage from tornado

7.10.14:  Wyoming and Kentwood area continue cleanup efforts


KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Kent County officials say severe weather including a tornado that hit near Grand Rapids caused an estimated $4.5 million in damage to about 300 homes and businesses.


Jack Stewart, director of the Kent County Emergency Management Division, says that a team of workers determined the damage estimate.


A severe thunderstorm late Sunday spawned a tornado with winds reaching the 100-110 mph range in Kent County, causing significant damage to homes in Kentwood, and damage was reported elsewhere.


In all, about 2,000 properties were affected — but many of those involved tree damage or cosmetic issues.


On Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed that a weaker tornado touched down near Ionia early Monday. Some damage was reported to trees, crops and some area farm buildings.


Meanwhile the American Red Cross of West Michigan will host a meeting with partner agencies tomorrow to discuss how they can work together to help the community best recover from the tornado.  Agencies plan to discuss both the short and long term recovery needs of the community.