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1948: A tornado produced F4 damage as it devastated several blocks on the edge of Ionia leveling some homes and a church. The tornado killed 5 people and injured 25 along its path, with two of the fatalities occurring when the Huffman Implement Store in Ionia collapsed. Another storm further south produced wind gusts as high as 100 mph and hail as large as 3 inches in diameter on a path from Marshall County eastward into Illinois, killing 2 people and injuring 7. The hail from this storm drifted a foot deep in northwestern Jones County.

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