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Tornado confirmed in Michigan



Published: Tue, July 8, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

KENTWOOD, Mich.

A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes damaged some homes in Iowa.

A fast-moving thunderstorm intensified in Michigan late Sunday over Kentwood, just south of Grand Rapids, the National Weather Service said.

Touching down in Byron Center, the twister traveled just over 6 miles and was 300 to 400 yards wide, according to the weather-service website.

The tornado’s winds reached the 100-110 mile per hour range, weather service forecaster Brian Meade told The Associated Press on Monday. He said the impact was serious but limited in area.

The tornado knocked down trees and power lines, ripped the roofs of a number of houses and sent two people to hospitals for treatment after their homes collapsed, Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley said in a statement. Many roads remained impassible Monday afternoon because of fallen trees.


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