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Tornado in Western Michigan

14 Aug 2016, 2:19 am

There was a brief touchdown tornado in Allegan County in Michigan from a strong line of thunderstorms that pushed through on Friday August 12th, 2016.

Back on Friday afternoon we had all the ingredients needed to produce severe weather in lower Michigan. Just east of Douglas, MI near Riverside Road, there was a possible touchdown of a tornado.

After the weather conditions were safe the National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Rapids, MI went out in Allegan County, just 3 miles Northwest of Fennville, MI, to start surveying the storm.  In order for the NWS to rate a potential tornado, they have to check several factors.  They take into account the storm damage of trees and buildings, any reports from storm spotters and others in the area, as well as going over images from social media/press. After all is said and done, they give the tornado a rating from the EF-Scale.

EF-Scale:

EF0…Weak…65 to 85 mph
EF1…Weak…86 to 110 mph
EF2…Strong…111 to 135 mph
EF3…Strong…136 to 165 mph
EF4…Violent…166 to 200 mph
EF5…Violent… > 200 mph*

The NWS determined, based off of the storm damage, it was a brief EF-0 tornado. It started at approximately 2:10 pm EDT and lasted until 2:12 pm EDT. The tornado touched down for about 2 minutes, with wind speeds approximately at 80 mph.  The path length was 0.25 miles and the width was 25 to 50 yards.

The good news is there were no reported injuries or fatalities.  However, there were 2 homes damaged and a line of trees that were destroyed, along the path of the tornado.

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