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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
425 PM EDT MON AUG 22 2016


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 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.

Straight line winds also occurred in Kent County to the east of
the path of the tornado. These straight line winds occurred mainly
from near the intersection of M6 and Wilson Avenue SW through East
Grand Rapids. Notable locations that were impacted by straight
line winds include Ironwood Golf Course, Maple Hill Golf Course
and Pinery Park.

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    80 to 85 mph
Path length:            Around 5.25 miles
Path width:             Maximum 200 to 250 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Aug 20 2016
Start time:             Approximately 234pm
Start location:         Near the intersection of Ivanrest Ave SW
                        and Rivertown Parkway

End date:               Aug 20 2016
End time:               Approximately 244pm
End location:           Near the intersection of Nagel Ave SW
                        and Chicago Drive SW

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies
Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 To

The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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