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Survivor Stories

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The Beecher tornado was the strongest of many tornadoes which ripped across Lower Michigan, Ohio and Ontario on June 8th, 1953. 125 people were killed and 896 people were injured by the eight tornadoes in Lower Michigan alone. These tornadoes left a lasting impact on the people they affected, and many can vividly recall events of that night. Here are a few of their stories.

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