EF-1 tornado damages Kent County barn, dissipates in Ionia County

WZZM 13 followed a National Weather Service survey team to determine whether a tornado caused damage in Kent and Ionia counties.

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A National Weather Service survey team determined an EF-1 tornado caused damage Monday, April 10, in southeast Kent County before ending across the county line.

"The radar supports it," meteorologist T.J. Turnage said. "We also talked to people who have described a very quick rush of wind that's consistent with a tornado."

Enough evidence was found to preliminarily conclude the tornado, with a peak wind speed around 90 mph, touched down around 8:36 p.m. near Alden Nash Avenue and 100th Street SE in the Alto area.

"With tornadoes, you're often going to get things falling in different directions," Turnage said. "Sometimes, they'll even cross each other because ... wind is coming in from different directions."

Explainer: Radar imagery of tornado; Monday, April 10

Forecasters on the survey team report their evidence included tree and property damage, including a partially destroyed barn on 92nd Street (M-50) east of Wingeier Avenue SE. The Tyler Creek campgrounds was one of the worst hit areas with its bridge completely destroyed.

"We even had a partial canoe in the front of the driveway when we got here this morning," said Samuel Pyle, Tyler Creek's manager.

Wind speeds varied from EF-0 range -- 65-85 mph range -- to EF-1-type speed.

It was about 220 yards wide and was on the ground for about 5.25 miles. The tornado dissipated around 8:41 p.m. in the area of Bell and Keim roads in Ionia County's Campbell Township.

Earlier report: Possible tornado causes damage in Kent County

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