Six tornadoes struck West Michigan on Saturday, August 20. A powerful new video shows one of the tornadoes as it hits Boone Ave. in Wyoming.

The video, courtesy of Nathan and Nicole Boyer, show the wind picking up and toppling trees.

The lack of injuries on August 20 seems even more remarkable after you get a firsthand look at what these tornadoes are capable of.

The National Weather Service shares information about the tornado seen in the video provided by Brandy Ebeling:

  • An EF-0 tornado touched down near 44th Street and Ivanrest Ave SW in Grandville Michigan on Saturday August 20th and continued on the ground along a varying path through Grandville and Wyoming before lifting near the intersection of Nagel Avenue SW and Chicago Drive SW.
  • Though the tornado remained west of US-131, it did zig zag across a number of major roads/intersections in the Grand Rapids metro area including… …Ivanrest Avenue SW just north of Rivertown Parkway… …The intersection of Byron Center Ave SW and 36th Street… …28th Street SW near Sharon Avenue SW… …Porter Street SW near Boulevard Drive SW… …Burlingame Avenue SW just north of Burton Street SW…
  • Along the path, hundreds of trees were damaged or knocked over resulting in tens of thousands of power outages. Many homes and a number of vehicles were damaged from fallen trees.
  • A couple notable locations the tornado moved through include the Wyoming Middle School football field where a set of football field goal posts were bent by soccer goals, and Battjes Park and Prairie Park where a number of trees were damaged or uprooted.
  • In addition to an EF-0 tornado that moved through portions of Grandville and Wyoming on August 20th, National Weather Service damage surveys identified areas of straight line wind damage in Kent County from August 20th storms with estimated winds of around 100mph, equivalent to EF-1 wind damage.
  • A small area of wind damage caused by estimated 100 mph winds was found near M6 between Ivanrest Ave SW and Kenowa Avenue SW. South of M6.
  • Ironwood Golf Course saw the worst of the damage losing a significant number of large trees. North of M6 just west of Wilson Ave SW along 64th Street a number of very large trees were uprooted causing significant damage to one home. Estimated winds of 65 to 75 mph, equivalent to EF-0 wind damage.
  • A long stretch of straight line wind damage occurred from just northeast of the intersection of M6 and Wilson Avenue SW through East Grand Rapids. Notable locations that were impacted by straight line winds include Maple Hill Golf Course and Pinery Park. This damage was mainly to trees with a few fallen trees resulting in damage to homes.
Cort Scholten, National Weather Service
Cort Scholten, National Weather Service

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