Tornado damages handful of homes in Kent County

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

The “very small, brief and weak” EF-0 tornado started at 4:18 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and ended a minute later, per a National Weather Service public information statement.

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

Estimated peak speeds of 70 to 80 mph were reached in the tornado with a path width of 65 yards, the statement reads. The winds damaged six to 12 homes, most notably tearing a small portion of one’s roof off.

An EF-0 tornado is classified by winds speeds between 65 to 85 miles per hour on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

Additional damage included some siding stripped off of two homes and a partially pushed-in garage door. Security camera/doorbell video revealed objects were carried in the air as a result of the tornado.

The winds also lifted debris, including some lawn chairs, that hit two vehicles, per the statement.

No injuries were reported by the National Weather Service.

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