1-year anniversary of devastating Portland tornado


PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Wednesday marks one year since an EF-1 tornado tore through the town of Portland.

The twister hit around 2:30 p.m. on that Monday. No one was seriously injured however five people did suffer minor injuries.

The tornado traveled four miles into the city mostly going along the Grand River Avenue corridor before lifting. It was on the ground around 10 minutes after touching down. Winds were estimated at 100 mph.>>PHOTOS: Tornado in Portland

A dozen businesses, four churches and more than 70 homes were damaged. In all, the tornado caused an estimated $3.2 million in damages.

The Goodwill store in Portland was destroyed in the twister. Three people were trapped in the store when the roof collapsed and had to be rescued. Fortunately they were not seriously injured.

The store is expected to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for their grand reopening at 9 a.m. Saturday. During the ribbon ceremony, the customers who were inside the store when it collapsed will be recognized.

A community rally was held Wednesday evening at Bridge Street and Smith Street as the town celebrated the progress that has been made in the past year.

“It’s so rewarding to see it all come together and almost be fully completed,” said Mount Hope Church Pastor Joe Robbe.

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