The National Weather Service said Sunday's storm that damaged many areas in Calhoun County was an "EF-1 Storm," with mostly straight-line winds.
The EF-1 Storm involves winds of 75-100 mph, similar to the strength of a tornado. Monday morning the NWS surveyed the damaged sites in a helicopter, then on foot.
“It mostly looks like straight line, but there could be some tornado swirl-type activity in this," said Meteorologist Dan Cobb. "I’ve got to take a closer look and just get down on the ground and look at the damage up close.”
Battle Creek Emergency Services Coordinator Lt. Mike McKenzie went up in a helicopter with Cobb to assess the damage Monday morning.
“Since there is so much widespread damage right now," said McKenzie. "It’s a big undertaking, it’s going to take two, three, four days of hard work.”
McKenzie wants people to check on their neighbors, especially those on unpassable roads.
Battle Creek emergency crews are coordinating efforts with Consumer’s Energy, the Calhoun County Sheriff, and the National Weather Service.
Susan Arrowood was visiting family in Tennessee when a friend sent her a message that her missing garage was on the news.
“Shock I guess," said Arrowood. "Just that everything was still in, but the garage was completely gone.”
Consumer's Energy isn't expecting power to be completely restored until Wednesday afternoon.
Battle Creek Schools are closed Tuesday.