Tornado Confirmed in Ottawa County – and 90 mph Winds in Calhoun County

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    Tornado Confirmed in Ottawa County – and 90 mph Winds in Calhoun County

    Posted: Jul 11, 2021 / 01:57 AM EDT
    / Updated: Jul 11, 2021 / 02:05 AM EDT

    Another tornado has been confirmed by the G.R. NWS from the storms that rolled through Lower Michigan on Saturday June 26th. This one touched down in rural Ottawa County, just northeast of the town of Olive Center. It has been rated an EF-0 with winds of 75-85 mph. The twister was 25 yards wide and was on the ground for approximately 6 minutes. It lasted for 6 minutes and moved at about 24 mph.

    The tornado snapped and uprooted trees, blew in a garage door, tossed around outdoor furniture and flipped a camper trailer. There were no injuries.

    Strong Winds hit Calhoun County on June 26

    The G.R. NWS has determined that strong winds in Calhoun Co. were not caused by a tornado, but by straight-line thunderstorm winds (“surging rear-flank downdraft”). The damage path was 8.5 miles long and 650 yards wide (that’s 6 1/2 times the length of a football field). The path started 3 miles southeast of East Leroy and continue to 6 miles south-southwest of Marshall. The winds occurred from 5:40 pm to 5:55 pm (15 minutes).

    The winds uprooted trees and snapped some off. The worst damage was along M Drive S and K Drive S near 10 Mile Road.

    Now…compare the two events. The thunderstorm winds in Calhoun County were (slightly) stronger than the peak winds of the tornado in Ottawa County. The damage path in Calhoun County…

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