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Tornado hits West Michigan

Aug 20, 2016

Severe weather is slamming parts of western Michigan as storms move east across the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist T.J. Turnage says Saturday that officials have seen "indications of tornados on radar, and very good indications they have occurred and debris lifted up with them."

Turnage says parts of Allegan and Kent counties, and the outskirts of Grand Rapids are seeing some of the worst weather.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that some power lines in the city were knocked down Saturday afternoon and that area fire departments were responding to reports of roads blocked by fallen trees.

Ottawa County officials have cancelled an event at a dog park due to the weather.

A confirmed tornado touched down in the city of Wyoming near Grand Rapids this afternoon.

Multiple trees and power lines are down in Grand Rapids after a tornado cut through the area about 2:45 p.m.

More than 10-thousand people are without power in Kent County.

Firefighters from many area departments are handling reports of wires down and trees blocking roads.

A firefighter reported to Mlive that part of a house was torn apart in the 600 block of Lafayette Street.

There have been no reports of injuries so far.

Other reports from the National Weather Service include debris in Grandville, trees down and house damage near Fennville in Allegan County and a roof torn off a house near Bangor in Van Buren County.

The all-clear was given to Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kentwood just before 3:15 p.m.