Just after midnight on Saturday (Sunday morning), a tornado hit the southern outskirts of Battle Creek. The tornado has been rated by the National Weather Service as an EF-1, with maximum winds estimated at 100 mph. A storm survey found the damage path to be 1.6 miles long and about 300 yards wide. The tornado damage path began at the intersection of Capital Avenue SW and East Stafford Avenue and continued to the east, ending east of 6 1/2 Mile Road.
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The animation below (click to enlarge) shows the Grand Rapids (KGRR) NWS Doppler radar Storm Relative Velocity product as the storm passed just south of Battle Creek. The green colors indicate wind flow toward the radar and the red colors are wind flow away from the radar. When these two patterns are very close together, it indicates rotation which could produce a tornado. The upside down red triangle shows where the tornado touchdown occurred. The tornado touchdown was at 1203 AM and then dissipated about 12:05 AM. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a tornado warning at 1127 PM EDT Saturday night for Battle Creek, effective until 1215 AM EDT.
Below, are pictures of some of the storm damage from Chapel Hill Drive. (Photos Courtesy of Mike McKenzie, Battle Creek City Emergency Service Coordinator) Click to enlarge.