Possible Tornado Touches Down In Grand Rapids – WWJ Newsradio 950

Possible Tornado Touches Down In Grand Rapids - WWJ Newsradio 950
NWS: High winds hit GR area; no tornado touchdowns
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Belknap Lookout neighborhood sustained significant damage when a line of severe thunderstorms hit Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Gabby Dewey, who lives near the apartment complex, said: This little carport next to the house, it was just destroyed. There were cars under it that are no longer cars. …I dont want to say carnage, but it looks like something exploded, because all the insulation from the apartment complex is just everywhere. Im not going to lie, though, Im glad it was this side of the highway and not the hospital side.

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The storm featured strong winds, rain and lightning. Tornado warnings also were issued Wednesday night for parts of West Michigan. The National Weather Service is investigating the storm to determine whether a tornado touched down or a straight-line event occurred.

A woman who lives on Turner Avenue said she looked outside when power started to flicker. She looked across U.S. 131 and saw what looked like a bunch of birds flying in a huge circle.

Then, she said, my boyfriend looked and it was trash swirling in a circle maybe the size of a football field. It looked like it was maybe over 6th Street bridge area. It was only there for a moment then disappeared and it got really dark at the time as well.

Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the region, and the National Weather Service continues to investigate whether a tornado touched down or a straight-line event occurred. The National Weather Service reported that much of the storm damage happened in Grand Rapids, Lowell and just east of Lake Odessa.

Video: Serious damage in Grand Rapids neighbor following storms

The storm caused widespread damage but much was focused on Grand Rapids, Lowell and just east of Lake Odessa, the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids reported.

Eastern half of Iowa most at-risk for severe storms

Grand Rapids firefighters responded to 160 alarms during a 12-hour period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. The city opened its Emergency Operations Center immediately after the storm with crews responding to downed trees and power lines.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Storms become likely once again later Thursday afternoon into the evening. The main window of time should be about 5 to 10 p.m. Some of the storms may be severe with gusty winds being the main threat. Hail and a quick spin-up tornado are also possible. Brief heavy rain will also be something to watch for, especially in northern Iowa where flash flooding may happen because theres been heavy rain recently.

Over 100 power lines are down, with traffic lights out at some intersections. Eight streets are blocked by downed trees, the city said. Nearly 19,000 Consumers Energy customers in Kent County, the hardest hit, remain without power.

Friday will be windy and less humid with highs in the lower 70s. There will be some clouds around, thickest in northern Iowa. For the weekend, we have a chance of showers and storms later Saturday into Sunday, but well also have dry time in there, too. Highs warm back to near 80 both days.

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