Michigan’s strongest tornado in Thursday’s storm was EF-2, bringing total to 5


INGHAM COUNTY, MI -- Michigan’s strongest tornado spawned during Thursday’s severe storm was an EF-2 tornado that began in Ingham County.

National Weather Service offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit so far have confirmed a total of five tornadoes in Michigan from the storm.

The one in Ingham County had maximum estimated wind gusts of 125 mph and traveled about 12 miles -- 10.7 miles in Ingham County and another two miles in Livingston County.

It started in an area about three miles south of Williamston, according to NWS staff in Grand Rapids.

The tornado is being blamed on one death and three injuries.

The death happened when it overturned 17 semis and dozens of cars on I-96. A 40-year-old Grand Rapids man was found dead in his car amid the destruction.

Here is a list of confirmed tornadoes from the Thursday storm that stretched from Grand Rapids to Monroe County:

-- An EF-1 tornado struck just north of Grand Rapids in Kent County

-- An EF-0 tornado struck Canton in Wayne County

-- An EF-1 tornado struck the Belleville area in Wayne County

-- An EF-1 tornado struck near Newport in Monroe County

-- An EF-2 tornado struck near Williamston in Ingham County

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