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Two more tornadoes confirmed by NWS

N-Tornadoes-webLast week The Post reported on two tornadoes spawned by the storms West Michigan experienced the evening and early morning of July 6-7. One was in Kent County and the other in Ionia County. This week the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids confirmed two more tornadoes touched down during the storm—another one in Ionia County and one in Clinton County.

The one in Ionia County was an EF-0, and touched down near Pewamo about 12:34 a.m. July 7, and stayed on the ground for four minutes. It traveled ¾ of a mile, and had was 150 yard wide. Top wind speed was 80 mph. At least two structures were damaged and two trees were blown down.

The second tornado was in Clinton County, about 5 miles WNW of Saint Johns. The EF-0 tornado touched down about 1 a.m. July 7, and stayed on the ground for 8 minutes. It traveled 1.6 miles and had a width of 880 yards. Top wind speed was estimated at 85 mph. One structure was reported damage and several trees were blown down.

The NWS said these storms were very brief and lasted only a few minutes. Radar did show circulation with the Pewamo storm.

The NWS upgraded their Doppler Radar last week to help them better predict short-lived tornadoes that form near the base of the cloud. The weak, short-lived tornadoes are the most difficult for them to predict, and the NWS said that additional low-level radar scans would be crucial in seeing tornado formation.

All four tornadoes that West Michigan experienced July 6-7 were this type of tornado, and no warnings were issued.

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