No one injured

No one was injured by a tornado that hit Ionia and Montcalm counties Saturday afternoon, according to the Ionia County Sheriff's Office.

The tornado started in Orleans Township and traveled eight miles northeast to Fenwick, according to the Grand Rapids National Weather Service. The storm was rated as a EF-1 tornado with winds up to 90 mph. It passed over both M-44 and M-66.

“The peak winds of around 90 mph lasted less than a minute but did a lot of damage to trees and minor damage to buildings,” The Grand Rapids National Weather Service wrote in a Facebook post.

Several people in the area took shelter in basements. The tornado sirens in the northern part of Ionia County were activated, according to Ionia Central Dispatch 911.

The tornado was tracked by NWS radar. It started at 3:10 p.m. and lasted approximately 15 minutes. EF-1 tornado are considered “weak” tornados by the National Weather Service.

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