NWS confirms tornadoes touched down in Michigan after storms

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — At least six tornadoes touched down in the state Saturday, four of them in West Michigan, the National Weather Service confirmed.

In West Michigan, two were in Ionia County and one was in Mecosta County, NWS said Sunday. On Monday, it confirmed another one touched down in Kent County near Lowell in Vergennes Township.

The Ionia County tornadoes were both from the same storm and hit the ground briefly.

The first tornado, an EF-0, happened in Campbell Township around 4:31 p.m. near Vedder Road and Hastings Road. It was 1 mile long and winds were at 75 mph.

The second twister, an EF-1, happened around 4:40 p.m. in Odessa Township near Tasker Road and Musgrove Highway. This one had peak winds of 90 mph.

The tornado confirmed by the NWS in Mecosta County happened around 3:33 p.m. It touched down in Hinton Township near 95th Avenue and 4 Mile Road. This one was an EF-1, about 3 miles long and had peak winds at 90 mph.

In Kent County, the tornado in Vergennes Township happened around 4:23 p.m. near Bennett Street and Cumberland Avenue. It was a little more than a 1/2 mile long, going 75 mph.

No injuries were reported after the tornadoes, NWS said Sunday.

Several structures across West Michigan sustained damage as a line of storms pushed through Saturday.  The storm downed power lines and trees. It also caused flooding in some areas.

On the east side of the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday declared a state of emergency for Detroit and surrounding Wayne County, where streets and freeways flooded.

Two other tornadoes were confirmed in Michigan, one in Clare County and the other near Port Austin.

There is a chance that the NWS could confirm more tornadoes in the coming days. News 8 will provide updates as they come in.

Chances of rain will continue into the upcoming week.

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**Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated a tornado happened near Port Huron. A tornado has not been confirmed for that area, instead one was confirmed near Port Austin. We regret the error, which has been corrected.

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