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Kent County storm damage estimated at $4.5 million

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KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - Kent County officials say severe weather including a tornado that hit near Grand Rapids caused an estimated $4.5 million in damage to about 300 homes and businesses.

Jack Stewart, director of the Kent County Emergency Management Division, tells The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/1k74g8K ) that a team of workers determined the damage estimate.

A severe thunderstorm late Sunday spawned a tornado with winds reaching the 100-110 mph range in Kent County, causing significant damage to homes in Kentwood, and damage was reported elsewhere.

In all, about 2,000 properties were affected - but many of those involved tree damage or cosmetic issues.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed that a weaker tornado touched down near Ionia early Monday. Some damage was reported to trees, crops and some area farm buildings.

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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