The end of June and first of July brought strong storms to West Michigan. The most intense storms impacted cities along I-94. There were reports of hail but the wind and resulting wind damage were the primary reports. Thousands of homes and business lost power. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service posted a nice summary of the event listed here: “DOWNBURST WINDS, GENERALLY IN THE 60 TO 80 MPH RANGE TOOK DOWN DOZENS OF TREES ACROSS THE INTERSTATE 94 CORRIDOR INCLUDING THE KALAMAZOO, BATTLE CREEK, AND MARSHALL AREAS THEN EAST AND NORTHEAST INTO JACKSON AND INGHAM COUNTIES.
THE WORST DAMAGE WAS JUST NORTHEAST OF ALBION IN CALHOUN COUNTY WHERE TWO HOUSES HAD SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE AND THERE WAS WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE. TOP WINDS IN THIS AREA WERE ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE 80 TO 90 MPH RANGE BASED ON THE DEGREE OF DAMAGE. THIS IS IN THE LOWER RANGE OF EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA DAMAGE SCALE.
NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE WAS FOUND OF A TORNADO...BUT THE PATTERN OF WIND DAMAGE DID SHOW EVIDENCE OF A LARGE AND BROAD CIRCULATION, MOST LIKELY THE RESULT OF A STRONG MESOCYCLONE THAT PASSED OVER THIS AREA. THIS DAMAGE PATTERN HAS BEEN NOTED BEFORE IN SIMILAR TYPE STORMS, MOST NOTABLY THE MEMORIAL DAY 2011 STORM THAT HIT THE BATTLE CREEK AREA.”
See the attached slideshow for more on the storms.
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