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There were tornadoes in Michigan Sunday and there were deaths too


GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids says Sunday’s storm was the worst they have seen this year in this part of the country.

What made the storm system unusual was the number of tornadoes it generated this late in the season.

As it turns out they now say there were two twisters in Michigan, in Eastern Muskegon and Mecosta Counties.

Meteorologist Brandon Hoving says fortunately they were EF-zeros are the lowest on the Fujuta scale.

He says its was straight line 75 MPH winds that were every bit as powerful as that tornado in Muskegon that hit Mattawan and ripped part of the roof off the High School Gym. They are also calling that an EF-Zero.

Mattawan Schools will be closed again Tuesday because there is no power.He says they weren’t able to assess all the damage, just the places where it caused the most damage, because it was just too widespread.

The Sunday storm is being blamed for a total of 8 deaths, 6 of them in Illinois and the other two in Michigan.

Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand says 21-year-old Ryan Rickman of Leslie was killed as a tree fell and crushed his Monte Carlo as he was driving down Churchill road.One man died after the storm in Shiawassee County. 59-year-old Phillip Smith was killed by downed power lines. His body was found entangled in the lines after family members say he went outside to investigate a noise.

You may have survived the storm but often it’s the clean up that is more dangerous, causes more injuries and claims more lives.

Angie Rinnock at state farm insurance says don’t be tempted to bring charcoal or gas grills indoors, use kerosene heaters inside or run the car in the garage. She says use common sense.

She says it may take a few days for insurance agents to get out to inspect your home. She says making a few repairs to prevent further damage is a good idea.

Surviving without power may require more than just fresh batteries, a radio and a flashlight.