NWS: EF-0 tornado responsible for damage near GR

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GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The National Weather Service is attributing damage to several homes south of Grand Rapids Saturday to a small and weak tornado.

A Sunday release from the NWS rated it an EF-0, the lowest rating possible, with winds of between 70 and 80 mph. Small spin-ups like this are the most common type of tornadoes in Michigan.

According to a preliminary report, the twister was only on the ground for about a minute starting at 4:18 p.m. It spanned 65 yards in width and tracked northwest for about half a mile in the area of Eastern Avenue SE and 100th Street in Gaines Township.

It damaged between six and 12 homes in the Preservation Lakes subdivision. The damage was limited, with one home losing part of its roof, two others losing pieces of siding and a garage door was dented. A couple of cars were hit by debris and damaged. News 8 viewers also sent photos of downed trees.

Melanie Nipper lives in the home that lost a portion of its roof. She and her family discovered it when they went outside to check out the storm damage.

“We did notice somebody’s roof was in the road,” she told News 8 Saturday. “So, we went, ‘Whose roof is it?’ And we went out in back and looked. Sure enough, it was our roof.”

Her family’s truck was also damaged by debris.

There were no reports of injuries.

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