Official National Weather Service Report on Ingham County Tornado

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS, MI
505PM EDT FRI AUG 22 2003

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETERMINES AN F2 TORNADO HITS INGHAM
COUNTY...

ON THURSDAY EVENING AUGUST 21, 2003 A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN
EASTERN INGHAM COUNTY. A TEAM OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL
SURVEYED THE DAMAGE ON FRIDAY AUGUST 22ND.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COLUMBIA
AND KENDRICK ROADS AT 855PM IN EASTERN INGHAM COUNTY. IT MOVED EAST
AND INTENSIFIED. THE TORNADO BEGAN A TURN TO THE NORTHEAST AS IT
APPROACHED HAYWOOD RD JUST NORTH OF COLUMBIA. WHERE IT CROSSED
HAYWOOD THE TORNADO WAS ABOUT 1/2 MILE WIDE. IT CONTINUED
INTENSIFYING AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST. THE TORNADO WAS AT ITS STRONGEST
AS IT CROSSED RISCH RD JUST NORTH OF HOWELL RD. AS THE TORNADO
CROSSED DENNIS RD JUST EAST OF HOUSE RD IT TURNED SHARPLY TO THE
NORTH. THE TORNADO LIFTED AT 910PM JUST AS IT WAS MOVING INTO
LIVINGSTON COUNTY.

THE TORNADO WAS 4 1/2 MILES LONG AND UP TO 1/2 MILE WIDE. IT WAS ON
THE GROUND FOR 15 MINUTES. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AS A LOWER F2 ON
THE FUJITA SCALE. THIS CORRESPONDS TO WINDS UP TO APPROXIMATELY 120
MPH.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR INGHAM COUNTY AT 829PM
FOR THIS STORM. THIS WAS UPGRADED TO A TORNADO WARNING AT 846PM. THE
LEAD TIME TO THE TOUCHDOWN WAS 9 MINUTES. THE LEAD TIME TO
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS 13 MINUTES.


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