Confirmed: Tornado Touched Down In Michigan During Wild Sunday Storms

By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) During a wild series of storms on Sunday evening, a tornado touched down in west Michigan's Barry County.

Authorities say severe thunderstorms that moved across Michigan spawned a weak tornado on the west side of the state that damaged barns and knocked down trees.

The National Weather Service says the tornado in Barry County was rated EF-0 and was on the ground for about three minutes. Top winds approached 80 miles per hour. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Nathan Jeruzal in Grand Rapids told WWJ the twister hit southeast of Grand Rapids between Dowling and Maple Grove Township.

"It was just a few minutes at most," Jeruzal said. "This was a situation where the tornado spun up quickly and then it dissipated just as quickly."

Jeruzal says no one was hurt, but the tornado damaged a few barns on a farm and knocked down some trees and a telephone poll.

Sunday's storms brought high winds, heavy rains and road flooding across the state. Scattered power outages were reported. Trees were knocked down by winds in southwestern Michigan.