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Severe Storm Ravages Michigan RV Dealership

April 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The cleanup continues today at Cloverleaf RV in Schoolcraft, Mich., which was heavily damaged by high winds overnight Monday (April 5).

Quarter-sized hail broke out windows and shredded the vinyl siding on the side of some residential homes facing the wind, the ice pellets piled up on the ground below in this small community located south of Kalamazoo, according to WKZO-TV, Kalamazoo.

John Johnson, a management spokesman at Cloverleaf RV, told RVBUSINESS.com the wind and hail damaged many units on display outside at the dealership but left the steel-structure building intact. The dealership was open for business today.

“The insurance man is here right doing an appraisal. We’ll get this cleaned up in a couple of days and have new units real quick,” Johnson said.

Many people came forward to help the 30-year-old dealership with the cleanup operations, Johnson said.

The National Weather Service sent in experts to determine if it was a twister or straight line winds, the TV station reported. Their preliminary report suggests the later because the winds were sustained for 20 minutes or more. A tornado does its damage and moves on. They will combine computer data with their observations to make a final determination.

Crews from the electrical cooperative spent the day replacing a line of power poles that blew down along U.S. 131, knocking out power to over 1,300 residents. Despite all the damage, there were no injuries.

Johnson said officials clocked the winds in excess of 70 mph. He thinks those figures are an understatement.

“To flip motorhomes over like this, it takes more than 70 mph winds,” he said.

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