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Not one, But Two Tornados In W. Michigan

 
Posted July 9th, 2014 @ 12:13pm by Chuck LaTour, WOOD Radio news team

The National Weather Service said Wednesday it had enough time to issue a tornado warning for the EF-0 twister in Ionia County.

NWS in Grand Rapids confirmed an EF-1 tornado struck the Grand Rapids area in a storm system that swept through the area Sunday night. That twister developed so quickly authorities didn't have enough time to issue a warning. 

Brandon Hoving, a meteorologist for the NWS in Grand Rapids, told WOOD Radio News a warning was issued for Ionia County.

"We had detected a severe thunderstorm shortly after midnight [and issued a warning]," he said.

Striking several minutes after midnight, the EF-0 twister was on the ground for about 4 minutes and caused only minor damage.

Hoving said the smaller tornado spun out of a different storm system from the one that struck the Grand Rapids area late Sunday.

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