Confirmed, weak tornado near Dorr this past Wednesday

Rotation on velocity data from Wednesday night storm
Storm Damage in Dorr
Posted at 11:30 AM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 13:37:11-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A tornado hit West Michigan during the recent wave of storms this week.

The National Weather Service out of Grand Rapids reported Friday morning that surveys found evidence of a weak tornado touching down near Dorr in Allegan County Wednesday night. The NWS says it was likely on the ground for just a short period of time.

FOX 17 Meteorologists spotted possible rotation in that area Wednesday while covering the severe thunderstorms moving through the area.

Rotation on velocity data from Wednesday night storm
Possible rotation indicated by radar data

As of Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has confirmed the tornado. It is rated as an EF-0, with maximum sustained winds reaching between 65 and 85 miles per hour. The tornado traveled through the Dorr area for about three miles, with a path width of about 100 yards.

Dorr tornado path NWS Grand Rapids.jpg

Destruction was reported between 21st Street and 26th Street. One outbuilding was destroyed, a large irrigation structure was knocked over, and there were reports of tree and roof damage.

The Dorr area was one of the hardest hit in West Michigan, with several trees damaging homes and property.

As of Friday morning, more than 150,000 customers of Consumers Energy remain without power because of those storms.

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