Tornado damages handful of homes in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, MI – A brief tornado damaged a handful of homes and vehicles in South Kent County on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The “very small, short and weak” EF-0 tornado began at 4:18 pm on Saturday, April 10, and ended a minute later, according to a public information statement from the National Meteorological Service.

The twister landed in the Preservation Lakes subdivision east of Byron Center and south of Cutlerville in Gaines Township and traveled about half a mile, the statement said.

Estimated top speeds of 70 to 80 miles per hour were reached in the tornado with a path width of 65 meters, the statement said. The winds damaged six to twelve houses and mostly tore off a small part of the roof.

An EF-0 tornado is classified based on wind speed between 65 and 85 miles per hour on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

Additional damage included some siding removed from two houses and a partially retracted garage door. Surveillance camera / doorbell video revealed objects were carried in the air as a result of the tornado.

The winch also lifted debris, including some garden chairs, which it said hit two vehicles.

No injuries were reported by the National Weather Service.

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