Damage reported in West Michigan from storm, possible tornado


KENT COUNTY, MI -- Damage has been reported in Kent County and across Michigan from strong winds and a possible tornado.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids at about 8:20 p.m. indicated that a trained spotter reported a possible tornado in the Belmont area.

The damage included what appeared to be a collapsed building on Alpine Avenue just south of Seven Mile Road. Near the building, metal roofing or siding was wrapped around a stop sign and power lines were tipping.

A tree fell on a house in one area. No one was injured.

There also were reports of trees down near a trailer park along M-37 near Seven Mile Road, with damage to mobile homes.

Several Kent County fire departments were handling calls about wires and trees down.

At Six Mile Road and Alpine Avenue, there was a report of damage to the Swan Inn roof in the 5000 block of Alpine Ave. NW.

The Michigan Department of Transportation at about 9:30 p.m. reported that southbound U.S. 131 at Post Drive was close because of a downed power line.

In Ingham County, the emergency management office at 9:35 p.m. received a report of multiple cars flipped on I-96 in the Williamston area due to a possible tornado.

They also received a report of a possible roof collapse in the Williamston area with people possibly trapped inside.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

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