Several Tornados Rip Through West Michigan


Allegan County, Bangor, Wyoming and other Michigan areas were struck with tornado damage in late August after several tornados made their way through West Michigan and caused serious damage to neighborhoods.

According to mLive, Raceen Buck, 48, of Bangor, doesn't have a weather alert set up on her cell phone, so she had no idea that a tornado was heading directly toward her. When she noticed trees flying past the window, she finally realized something was wrong.

Buck told her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to immediately get to the basement, but a tree crashed through the roof, slamming into the kitchen and completely blocking the stairwell to the basement. After a few seconds of sheer panic, the storm passed.

"It was creepy," Buck said, referring to the eerie silence throughout her entire neighborhood moments later the tornado had passed. "Praise God no one was injured."

As soon as the storm was over, neighbors around the area began to appear and offer assistance. The morning after the tornado, many members of the community churches were out helping, cleaning up and providing care for those who were affected the worst by the damage.

Buck's roof, now with a giant hole in it, couldn't withstand the power of the fallen tree. In normal circumstances, a roof should be inspected at least once or twice a year, but in areas where tornados are prevalent, additional roofing care may be needed.

Wood TV reports that many traffic lights are out in the affected areas, a few streets were flooded and trees were all over Michigan roads.

"We would ask for everyone's cooperation in staying away from affected areas," said Wyoming Public Safety Chief James Carmody, "so that City response teams and Consumers Energy can do their jobs."

So far, tens of thousands of West Michigan residents have lost power and it could take months before the dollar value of the damage is tallied.

For full story, pick up a copy of the MONTH XX issue of The Allegan County News/The Union Enterprise/The Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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