Tornado Touches Down, Does Serious Damage in Portland, MI [PHOTOS]
WZZM-13 is reporting that several buildings have been damaged and an unknown number of people are trapped after a possible tornado touched down in Portland, Michigan, according to Ionia County Sheriff.
The touchdown occurred at roughly 2:30 p.m. Monday. Photos from residents in the area show heavy damage at the Goodwill location, a car wash, and Rite Aid, where a portion of a exterior wall and roof are missing. Pieces of insulation and other debris are scattered across parking lots. Emergency crews are staging nearby at the Portland Fire Department on East Grand River Avenue.
WZZM-13 has updated this story to indicate that all people trapped inside of the Goodwill have been rescued and no injuries have been reported.
5:15pm UPDATE: Emergency Services have advised us that they are conducting searches with dogs, to make sure the area is clear, and there are no people trapped in homes or buildings. There are also reports of possible gas leaks, and Consumers Energy is on site to help with any possible gas leaks.
Please consider the city of Portland closed at this time. Do not try to travel through or go to Portland, let them do their work to make sure everyone is safe.