Emergency Manager: 70 MPH Winds Hit Battle Creek

Posted at 10:31 PM, Nov 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-18 10:20:38-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.- Emergency management verified wind speeds of more than 70 mph during Sunday’s storm.

The roof of Quality Furniture on Michigan Avenue blew off during the intense storm.  Now, water is falling into the building as the owners scramble to cover the roof.

Sirens sounded throughout Battle Creek as the wind blew sideways and the sky grew darker.

Once the storm began to clear, Bobbie Zull and step-daughter Vickie Hathcock were devastated to find their family business Quality Furniture, flooded.

“Our roof was gone and quite a bit of it was in the street,” Bobbie told us.

Her husband and Vickie’s father Keith Zull, opened Quality Furniture 22 years ago.  He passed away in September.

“I just know that he put his heart and his soul into his business, so it is kind of disheartening, such a loss,” Vickie told us.

Now, like so many others with downed power lines and trees across West Michigan, they’re left trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces.

Battle Creek Emergency Manager Mike McKenzie tells us he personally sounded the siren in Battle Creek.

He says he made the decision after seeing the damage the storm caused in Illinois and Kalamazoo and once they had verified winds had reached more than 70 mph.