Fujita scale: F5 F5 definition: Incredible damage. Strong frame houses leveled off foundations and
swept away; automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 meters; trees
debarked; incredible phenomena will occur. Wind speeds approximately 261-318 mph.
(Only F5 in Southeast Lower Michigan)
Fatalities: 116 113 occurred in a 4-mile stretch of Coldwater Road from 2500W to 1500E (Clio Road to Dort
Oldest fatality: 80
Youngest fatality: 5 months
Genesee County: Hurley; St. Joseph; Flint General; Flint Osteopathic; McLaren General
Saginaw County: St. Mary; St. Luke; Saginaw General
Damage: $19 million in 1953 dollars ($125 million in 2003 dollars) 340 homes were destroyed, 107 suffered "major damage", and 153 suffered "minor damage".
Another 66 buildings destroyed or damaged to farms, businesses and other buildings.
Path Length: 27 miles
Start: between Linden and Webster Roads, Mt. Morris Township, Genesee County;
End: Five Lakes Road, Deerfield Township, Lapeer County
Speed of Tornado:
Approximately 35 mph
Highest Temperature and Dewpoint observed at Flint:
Temperature: 82°F at 4:28 PM EST
Dewpoint: 72°F at 9:28 PM EST
Lowest Barometric Pressure observed at Flint:
29.71" of mercury recorded 8:28 PM EST
First report of rain occurred at the Flint observation (airport) at 10:47 PM EST
First Report of tornado per Flint observation (airport) occurred at 8:33 PM EST