VB Historical Museum sign

A sign along Red Arrow Highway in front of the Van Buren County Historical Museum lets visitors know the museum is closed temporarily due to storm damage.

HARTFORD — A severe thunderstorm that ripped through Southwest Michigan earlier this week has left the Van Buren County Historical Society reeling.

The museum along Red Arrow Highway contains several rooms of unique exhibits, which suffered significant damage after the storm’s high winds ripped off portions of the three-story building’s roof.

VB Historical museum back roof damage

Sandra Merchant, president of the Van Buren County Historical Association, stands to the rear of the museum where winds ripped off a portion of the building’s roof.