August 24, 2007 Potterville/South Lansing Tornado
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Event Summary

On the afternoon of August 24, 2007 a EF-3 Tornado touched down in Eaton County and tracked into Ingham County and South Lansing as an EF-1 tornado before lifting up around the vicinity of Collins and Dunckel roads in Lansing. Damage was extensive to houses in Eaton County near Potterville, including a house that was blown off its foundation. In South Lansing, many trees were down in a path from M-99 and Bishop East Northeast to Jolly and US-127 area. There was also extensive damage in the Stonegate Trailer Park on M-99 south of Bishop.

The Lansing Area Skywarn net was in full activation from issuance of the Eaton County Tornado Warning all the way through the expiration of the Ingham County Tornado Warning. Damage nets were run both from the Ingham County EOC and the Lansing EOC.

Eaton County Warnings

Ingham County Warnings

Damage Pictures

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Local Storm Report (LSR):

0425 PM     TORNADO          2 N CHARLOTTE           42.59N 84.83W
08/24/2007                   EATON              MI   EMERGENCY MNGR

BUILDING DAMAGE NEAR COCHRAN AND M50

0425 PM     TORNADO          3 W POTTERVILLE         42.63N 84.80W
08/24/2007                   EATON              MI   EMERGENCY MNGR

2 BARNS DESTROYED AND ANOTHER HEAVILY DAMAGED. NEAR OTTO AND VERMONTVILLE.

0425 PM     TORNADO          POTTERVILLE             42.63N 84.75W
08/24/2007     F3              EATON              MI   EMERGENCY MNGR

*** 5 INJ *** 5 PEOPLE TREATED FOR INJURIES TORNADO DESTROYED ROUGHLY 15 HOMES ROOF AND HALF OF SECOND STORY ROOMS BLOW OFF OF ONE HOME PATH 6 AND ONE HALF MILES LONG AND 200 TO 300 YARDS WIDE MAXIMUM WINDS 140 MPH.

0430 PM     HAIL             2 NW POTTERVILLE        42.65N 84.77W
08/24/2007  E1.00 INCH       EATON              MI   TRAINED SPOTTER

NEAR OTTO AND DOAN

0455 PM     TORNADO          2 E LANSING             42.71N 84.51W
08/24/2007     F1              INGHAM             MI   LAW ENFORCEMENT

TRANSFORMER DAMAGED NEAR INTERSECTION OF DUNCKEL AND JOLLY. MAX WINDS ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MILES AND HOUR THE TRACK OF THE TORNADO WAS 6 MILES LONG AND 200 TO 300 YARDS WIDE.

National Weather Service Statement:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1247 AM EDT FRI AUG 24 2007

...STORM SURVEYS CONFIRM TORNADO DAMAGE ...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI CONDUCTED POST STORM DAMAGE SURVEYS IN INGHAM AND EATON COUNTIES FRIDAY EVENING. BOTH OF THE SURVEYS INDICATED THAT TORNADOES HAD OCCURRED IN THOSE AREAS. THE DAMAGE IN EATON COUNTY WAS THE MORE SEVERE AND EXTENDED ON A PATH FROM M-50 JUST NORTH OF KINSEL HIGHWAY TO JUST WEST OF M-100 AND VERMONTVILLE HIGHWAY, NEAR POTTERVILLE, MI. THERE WERE OTHER SPOTTY REPORTS OF DAMAGE IN EATON COUNTY THAT WERE APPARENTLY FROM DOWNBURST WINDS.

THE DAMAGE SURVEY IN EATON COUNTY INDICATED A TORNADO PATH 200 TO 300 YARDS WIDE AND 6 AND ONE HALF MILES LONG. AROUND 15 HOMES WERE SERIOUSLY DAMAGED AND 5 PEOPLE WERE TREATED FOR INJURIES. TWO PEOPLE HAD INJURIES SERIOUS ENOUGH TO BE HOSPITALIZED. A SINGLE STORY HOME HAD ITS ROOF BLOWN OFF AND WINDWARD FACING WALLS BLOWN IN. THE MAJORITY OF THE ROOF AND THE GARAGE FROM THIS HOME WAS NOT FOUND. A TWO STORY HOME ACROSS THE STREET HAD ITS ROOF BLOWN OFF AND UPPER STORY FRONT WALLS BLOWN IN. OTHER DAMAGE INCLUDED THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF THE UPPER STORY OF A HOME AND A HOME THAT WAS BLOWN OFF ITS FOUNDATION. MOST OF THE DAMAGED HOMES WERE BEYOND REPAIR. TOP WINDS OF THE TORNADO...ESTIMATED FROM THE DAMAGE...WERE PROBABLY IN EXCESS OF 130 MPH. DAMAGE PHOTOS WILL BE ANALYZED TO DETERMINE IF THE TORNADO IS AN EF-2 OR EF-3 ON THE NEW ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABOUT 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE DAMAGE OCCURRED...ALLOWING PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THE STORM TO SEEK SHELTER. RESIDENTS LAUDED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR TIMELY ISSUANCE OF THE TORNADO WARNING.

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HEATHFIELD

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...ADDED INFO EDITED CONTENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
330 PM EDT SAT AUG 25 2007

...TORNADOES STRIKE POTTERVILLE AND LANSING ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON...

A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS FORMED ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON SOUTH OF GRAND RAPIDS AND INTENSIFIED QUICKLY AS IT MOVED EAST TOWARDS LANSING. ONE OF THE STORMS DEVELOPED A STRONG ROTATING UPDRAFT...BECOMING A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM AS IT MOVED ACROSS EATON COUNTY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A TORNADO WARNING FOR EATON COUNTY MORE THAN 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE FIRST TORNADO BEGAN...ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH OF CHARLOTTE. THIS ALLOWED PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THE STORM TO TAKE SHELTER BEFORE THE DESTRUCTIVE WINDS HIT. THE TORNADO DESTROYED SEVERAL HOMES AND INJURED FIVE PEOPLE BEFORE IT ENDED JUST EAST OF POTTERVILLE. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE PATH FRIDAY EVENING. BASED ON THE DAMAGE...IT APPEARS THIS TORNADO PRODUCED WINDS NEAR 140 MPH, MAKING IT AN EF3 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A TORNADO RATED AS A LEVEL 3 IN THE GRAND RAPIDS WARNING AREA SINCE MARCH 27 1991 IN CALHOUN COUNTY.

THE DAMAGE IN EATON COUNTY WAS THE MOST SEVERE ALONG A PATH FROM M-50 JUST NORTH OF KINSEL HIGHWAY TO JUST WEST OF M-100 AND VERMONTVILLE HIGHWAY...NEAR POTTERVILLE MICHIGAN. THE DAMAGE SURVEY IN EATON COUNTY INDICATED A TORNADO PATH 200 TO 300 YARDS WIDE AND SIX AND ONE HALF MILES LONG. AROUND 15 HOMES WERE SERIOUSLY DAMAGED. A SINGLE STORY HOME HAD ITS ROOF BLOWN OFF AND WINDWARD FACING WALLS BLOWN IN. THE MAJORITY OF THE ROOF AND GARAGE FROM THIS HOME WAS NOT FOUND. A TWO STORY HOME ACROSS THE STREET HAD ITS ROOF BLOWN OFF AND UPPER STORY FRONT WALLS BLOWN IN. OTHER DAMAGE INCLUDED THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF THE UPPER STORY OF A HOME AND A HOME THAT WAS BLOWN OFF ITS FOUNDATION. MOST OF THE DAMAGED HOMES WERE BEYOND REPAIR.

THE TORNADO THAT PRODUCED THE DAMAGE IN EATON COUNTY ENDED NORTH OF POTTERVILLE. IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR INGHAM COUNTY DOWNSTREAM. ANOTHER TORNADO THEN DEVELOPED JUST INTO INGHAM COUNTY AND THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS UPGRADED TO A TORNADO WARNING FOR INGHAM COUNTY.

ANOTHER NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TEAM SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN INGHAM COUNTY AND FOUND EVIDENCE OF A WEAKER TORNADO...AS COMPARED TO THE EATON COUNTY DAMAGE. THE FIRST SIGN OF DAMAGE WAS NEAR THE INTERSECTIONS OF WAVERLY AND M-99. THE FIRST SIGN OF SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS TO STONEGATE A MOBILE HOME PARK SOUTH OF M-99. MANY TREES WERE DOWN IN THIS MOBILE HOME PARK, SOME ON HOMES. THE DAMAGE PATH CONTINUED NORTHEAST TOWARD INTERSTATE 96 ACROSS GROVENBURG RD. MORE TREE DAMAGE WAS FOUND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF INTERSTATE 96 ALONG HAAG RD. ROTATION WAS SEEN IN THE DAMAGE PATH BOTH AT STONEGATE AND MORE SO ALONG HAAG RD. THE DAMAGE PATH CONTINUED NORTHEAST ACROSS MILLER RD THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWN, SOME ON HOMES AS WELL. THE DAMAGE PATH CROSSES CEDAR ST...NEAR THE FAZOLIS RESTAURANT WHERE DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO SIGNS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD. DAMAGE CONTINUES NORTHEAST ACROSS PENNSLYVANIA AVE NORTH TOWARD THE INTERSECTIONS OF JOLLY AND AURELIUS AND DUNCKEL AND AURELIUS. TREE DAMAGE WAS AGAIN NOTED IN THIS AREA TO A CAMPGROUND. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN INGHAM COUNTY WAS LIMITED TO TREES FALLING ON HOMES AND SOME SIDING BEING PEELED BACK. THE TORNADO PATH LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY SIX MILES IN LENGTH AND AROUND 300 YARDS WIDE. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF 1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

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Damage Video:

 

Skywarn Net Log:

1604 - National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issues a Tornado Warning
1610 - Net Start - Net Control is WA8BEN from his home in South Lansing
1610 - KC8RBK - Check in Saginaw near Lansing Mall
1610 - KC8ZGZ - Check in Holt
1610 - KD8BD - Check in Don Jolly and Cedar
1610 - KD8BOQ - Check in Cory in Holt
1611 - WD8SDW - Check in Dansville mobile
1611 - W8ATT - Check in M100 - North of Potterville
1611 - W8ERV - Check in Mobile Harper & Wolverine
1611 - K8DRB - Check in Mobile Moores River Drive
1611 - N8SG - Check in Stationary St Johns
1611 - KC8ZPX - Check in Jolly and 127
1611 - KC8QYB - Check in Michigan and Foster
1612 - W8JRL - Check in Downtown lansing mobile to West Lansing
1614 - WC8ING - Check in Mike Perez at Ingham EOC
1615 - KC8TCS - Check in I-96 and Saginaw
1615 - K8RDN - Check in Potter Park
1615 - W8ERV - Mobile to 96 and 69
1618 - W8JRL - Mobile to Saginaw and 96
1618 - KB8ZXR/KB8RAD - Check in Holt
1618 - KC8YT - Check In
1619 - AB8RX - Check In Willoughby and Cedar
1619 - KC8TCS - Check out
1620 - WA8KZY - Check in Mobile East Lansing heading on 496 to Delta Township
1620 - Net Control is in Contact with City Emergency Manager Trent Atkins
1622 - N8SG - Check in 3 miles west of St Johns on M21
1623 - KC8EHR - Gave directions to W8ATT in Potterville
1623 - W8ATT - West on Vermontville from M100
1624 - Net Control is in Contact with City Emergency Manager Trent Atkins
1625 - KD8BOT - Check in Tyler in Holt
1625 - W2PMH - Check in Mobile from Downtown Lansing to Meridian Mall
1626 - Missed Callsign - Otto and Doan quarter size hail and winds 50-60
1627 - W8ATT Heavy debris - House destroyed - Lots of ciruclar damage
1628 - N8GSK "Debris is raining from the sky. Shingles, Wood and insulation"
1634 - Net Control contacts Lansing 911 Center, advises of situation, and that a confirmed tornado is heading towards Lansing
1637 - National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Ingham County
1638 - W8JRL Saginaw and Creyts Flooded
1638 - N8GSK - Rotation over Dimondale
1639 - W8ERV near capital center wind gust over 50 mph
1640 - AB8RX Holt & Grovenburg
1641 - Net Control is in Contact with City Emergency Manager Trent Atkins
1641 - W8JRL - Waverly and Jolly 1/8 inch hail
1641 - K8RDN - Relocated to Hawk Island Park
1643 - WC8ING - Needs spotters
1643 - W8ERV willing to go to Ingham County Sheriffs Department
1643 - KB8MUN - Otto & Vermontville
1644 - AB8RX advises an Accident Holt & Kahres
1646 - National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issues Tornado Warning for Ingham County
1647 - W8ATT - Power Line Snapped on Holt Road just east of Dimondale
1647 - W8JRL - Creyts & Lansing Rd Cloud with Rotation off to the East
1648 - KC8ZPX - Power off Jolly & 127 Roofs off Winds 70 mph
1648 - WD8MBB - Check in Onondaga
1649 - KC8YHE - On Campus East Side streets are flooding
1649 - KD8DRB check out
1650 - KC8YT - Hagadorn north of grand river flooded out almost impassible.
1651 - WC8ING to W8ERV - Please check in with field services Lt. Foote
1651 - KD8PA - Greg advises that stonegate trailer park at M-99 and Bishop has possible overturned trailers
1653 - W8ABE non rotating wall cloud in Dewitt
1654 - KD8PA - substantial trees knocked over in Stonegate
1655 - WD8SDW Advises that Lot 196 overturnd trailer from county dispatch radio.
1657 - KC8RBK - Grovenburg & Bishop - Trees down on cars as big as spotters waist.
1659 - WD8BCI - 10 inches large trees down medium in age South Washington & Edgewood
1706 - W8JRL Entering Stonegate
1708 - W8SRM - Advises in Okemos that wx radio didn't go off
1709 - W8JRL - Trailer 151 has a tree uprooted and laying on house
1710 - KB8ZXR/KB8RAD - Arrival at Ingham County Sheriffs Department
1711 - WB8NUS - Advises his weather radio went off in Delta Township
1712 - KC8QYB - Flooding at Trowbridge and Mt Hope in East Lansing 5 inches of standing water on the road
1713 - KD8PA - Grovenburg & Bishop closed off
1715 - KC8ZPX - Jolly and 127 - Shingles off Roofs, New Tim Hortons Restaurant construction blown down. 10-12 inch trees down
1715 - W8ATT Check out
1716 - WD8MBB Check out
1717 - KC8QYB Check out
1717 - KC8ZPX - Jolly at Oakbrook in Lansing - Tree Down 15" in diameter tree down live & healthy roots out of ground completely uprooted
1718 - KC8RBK Check Out
1722 - KC8ZPX Check Out
1725 - National Weather Service expires Tornado Warning for Ingham County
1725 - Skywarn Storm Net closed, all damage report/recovery operations moved to 146.940.