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Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale: EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph) Statistics last updated: December 27th, 2013
The strongest tornadoes in Lapeer County occurred on June 8, 1953. The first, known as the Flint- Beecher tornado, resulted in considerable damage and loss of life as it moved through northern Genesee County and parts of Lapeer County, mainly south and southeast of Columbiaville. Though no one was reported to be killed in Lapeer County from this tornado, 59 were injured with damage estimated at over $5 million. This tornado was categorized as an EF5 (out of 5) on the Fujita scale with a mean width of nearly 1/2-mile. In a truly remarkable twist of irony, a tornado again struck the county on June 8, 2003. This EF0 tornado resulted in only negligible damage with no deaths nor injuries.
On the same night and from the same storm system, another tornado developed in Lapeer County and moved from near Kings Mill east-northeast into St. Clair County. One death was reported in a home in Goodland Township. Damage was estimated at over $50,000. This tornado was categorized as an EF4 on the Fujita scale, and it also had a mean width of nearly 1/2-mile.
All other tornadoes reported in Lapeer County have been categorized as either EF0 or EF1. On July 2, 1997, an EF1 tornado occurred 4 miles northeast of Columbiaville, resulting in $200,000 damage along the tornado's 1-mile path. The tornado had a width of 1000 yards. This tornado was part of an outbreak of 13 tornadoes in southeast Lower Michigan, the largest number for a single day since records have been kept.
EF1 - Moderate Tornado (86-110 mph)
EF2 - Significant Tornado (111-135 mph)
EF3 - Severe Tornado (136-165 mph)
EF4 - Devastating Tornado (166-200 mph)
EF5 - Incredible Tornado (Over 200 mph)
Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale:
EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph)
Statistics last updated: December 27th, 2013