WEST MICHIGAN — (July 2, 2014) Monday evenings severe storms brought widespread damage across West Michigan and now we are getting the results of a storm survey that gives confirmation to heavy damage in Calhoun County.
The storm survey was conducted by the Grand Rapids National Weather Service after significant damage was reported near Albion. Shortly after midnight a sensor just south of Marshall reported a 74 mph wind gust prompting National Weather Service Meteorologists to issue a Tornado Warning. County officials made the call to sound tornado sirens as the storm intensified and moved east towards Albion.
Winds over 7o miles per hour caused widespread damage, taking down trees and making many roads impassable. The survey noted the most severe damage occurred just northeast of Albion where a few homes in a mostly rural area had significant damage. NWS Meteorologists found 80 to 90 MPH wind damage, which is near EF-1 damage. Meteorologists found indications of large, broad circulation however believe that it was not caused by a tornado but rather by a strong mesocyclone. Mesocyclones, are broadly rotating storms that bring very intense winds. The storm was very similar to the Memorial Day storm that hit Battle Creek back in 2011.
For the full storm survey, visit the Grand Rapids National Weather Service: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/grr/presentations/June_30th_Severe_Weather_Wrap_Up_2014-07-02_04-44-43.pdf