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Yard Waste Drop Off Sites for Kentwood and Wyoming Residents Affected by Storm

It's a long road of cleanup ahead for those affected by Sunday night's tornado south of Grand Rapids.

Residents in the cities of Kentwood and Wyoming may bring their downed trees, limbs, and branches to designated locations.

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Red Cross Distributing Storm Clean-up Kits on Wednesday, July 9

It's going to be a long process of cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding following the tornado and storms that came through south of Grand Rapids on Sunday night.

On Wednesday, July 9, the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids will help those affected by the storm by distributing free clean-up kits.

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City of Wyoming Releases Statement on Weather Relief Efforts

Cleanup and repairs continue following the tornado that struck south of Grand Rapids on Sunday night.

The City of Wyoming released a statement this afternoon which updates their weather relief efforts.

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Aerial View of July 6, 2014 Tornado Damage [Video]

It can be hard to grasp the amount of damage caused by the tornado that came through West Michigan on Sunday night.

An aerial video gives us a unique look at the damage and better understanding of how destructive the tornado was.

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Consumers Energy: More Expected to be Without Electricity on Monday Night

Consumers Energy is expected to cut power at 9 p.m. to allow crews to repair damage from Sunday night's thunderstorms.

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National Weather Service Grand Rapids: EF-1 Tornado Struck Kentwood

That wind and rain buried in a thunderstorm Sunday night that struck Kentwood just before 10:30 p.m. included a tornado, National Weather Service Grand Rapids meteorologist Brandon Hoving said.

Update (3 p.m.): The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF-1, with peak winds of 100 to 110 miles per hour. The tornado, which injured six people, cut a swath of 300 to 400 yards wide near Cutlerville, Wyoming and Kentwood and lasted for about 10 minutes. It touched down at 10:20 p.m. at about 2 miles west of Cutlerville at 64th Street SW and Burlingame Avenue SW in Byron Township and ended at 10:30 p.m. at Breton Road and 28th Street SE.

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See A Tornado From the Inside

I'm kind of a weather geek.  Having grown up in eastern Iowa and then living in Wichita, Kansas, I always had an appreciation for severe weather and strong storms.

Since Wichita is right in the thick of "tornado alley," some of my days on the radio included covering severe weather, some days included actually chasing down rotating wall clouds (that's what tornadoes are before they become funnel clouds) and other days spent in the basement waiting for storms to pass

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How To Talk To Children About The Oklahoma Tornado Disaster

The world was shocked by Monday's tornado disaster in Oklahoma.  It's hard for adults to understand the magnitude of the destruction caused by the tornado.

It's ever harder for kids to grasp what has happened.

Learn how the experts suggest to talk with children following the Oklahoma tornado disaster. 

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Miracle Tornado Hero Denied Workman’s Comp

Never mind that Mark Lindquist saved the lives of three developmentally disabled adults in the twister that hit Joplin, Missouri.  Mark was also honored by the Missouri legislature.  But ugly red tape reared it's ugly head to prevent this injured man, who risked his own life to save the lives of others, from collecting Workman's Comp

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More Grand Rapids Natural Disaster?

Is it me or has there been more natural disasters this year than any other in recent memory. I mean, terrible floods, tornados....hurricanes. Sure seems like it to me. I was reading that this may be the time of Mother Nature, as the 20th century was the time of man-made issues -- war, etc. What do you think

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By: Wichita Eagle McClatchy-Tribune
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Amazing Tornado Pictures

Maybe it was from watching Wizard of Oz too many times as a kid, but I've had a phobia about tornados. Did you see the damage from the tornado is Missouri yesterday? Some say it was at least a mile wide

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Did A Tornado Really Touch Down In The Grand Rapids Area Yesterday?

That's the big question.  Some of the pros  from the National Weather Service are in town today to tour the region and give us an answer.  No doubt the damage was substantial!  Some of the farm animals in

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