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West Michigan, Battle Creek Continue Clean Up Following Storms


BATTLE CREEK (WKZO)  -- There are plenty of survival stories from Sunday’s storms, in fact officials say it’s a miracle, given the severity of the storms, that there were no deaths or serious injuries.  The Fritz Family Hog farm near Vicksburg, took a beating, losing a grain silo and the roof on a barn.

Schools in Battle Creek are closed today because of storm damage and power outages and transportation concerns. Arbor Academy, Lakeview Schools, Harper Creek, Battle Creek Public and Battle Creek Catholic schools all announced yesterday that classes would be cancelled today.

Two days after storms tore through West Michigan, Battle Creek is still a mess.  Over 27-thousand remain without power in Calhoun County, many of them in the Battle Creek area, and they may be without power for days.

Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids says it appears that it was mainly straight line winds that caused all the damage in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties on Sunday afternoon, but that’s not official yet.   National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel Cobb says straight line wind storms can be even more damaging than small twisters.   They plan to do more surveying today to try and determine what hit Vicksburg and Battle Creek and other parts of the state.

Meteorologists from South Bend are saying however that small twisters hit Three Rivers and Coldwater Sunday.  They say they were EF-1’s with wind speeds below 100MPH.

It may not make any difference in the end, the damage is the same either way, and the insurance companies don’t pay out any more if it’s a tornado.