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GALLERY: Broken barn pieces, trees litter Barry County fields following brief tornado

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Three barns sustained serious damage when a tornado touched ground briefly in Barry County, Michigan, on May 19, 2019. (WWMT/Genevieve Grippo)

No injuries were reported, and the toppled barns were absent of livestock when a tornado spent three minutes on the ground Sunday in Barry County.

On Monday, May 20, 2019, property owners began the cleanup.

The National Weather Service said Sunday's tornado in Barry County was rated EF-0 and was on the ground for about three minutes. The weather service estimates that top winds from the tornado approached 80 mph (129 kph).

On Monday, the National Weather Service also said that another reported tornado Sunday, in Montcalm County, did not fit the criteria. Instead, weather service meteorologists said, the damage to a cemetery in Edmore, Michigan, was due to straight-line winds.

The storms that swept through West Michigan on Sunday spawned those winds and the weak tornado in Barry County. The Sunday storms also sent high winds, heavy rains and road flooding across the state. Scattered power outages were reported. Trees were knocked down by winds in southwestern Michigan.