First video of tornado hitting Portland – WOODTV.com
PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A resident captured on video the tornado that ripped through Portland on Monday.
On Wednesday, the Ionia Department of Public Safety released the video showing the effects of the tornado just prior to it hitting Portland. It was taken at Grider-Portland Agency. Police say the majority of the damage occurred east of where the video was taken.
>>Photos: Damage after tornado in Portland
The EF-1 tornado touched down just outside the eastern Ionia County town around 2:30 p.m. Monday. It traveled about four miles into the city, mostly along the Grand River Avenue corridor, before lifting. Dozens of structures were damaged, but no one was seriously hurt.
Michelle Hodge of the Grand Barber Lounge witnessed the tornado sweep through on Monday.
“It was like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Hodge said. “Trees were flying by the window and I kept thinking, ‘I need a basement.’ But I didn’t have one. So I just stood there. Braced myself at my desk. Didn’t know what to do.”
She watched the surveillance video of the storm on Wednesday.
“I’m like, ‘Whoa,’ and I think even in my view in the window, even bigger trees were flying by,” she said.