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The strongest tornadoes in Lenawee County since 1950
occurred on April 11, 1965. These tornadoes both were categorized as EF4
(out of 5) on the Fujita scale. They were part of the Palm Sunday
Outbreak that caused 256 deaths, over 1500 injuries, and $200 million in
damage over Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Nine deaths and
83 injuries were in Lenawee County.
The tornadoes, though separated in time by a half- hour or more, travelled along nearly the same path in Michigan. This path extended from near East Gilead in southern Branch County to 10 miles east of Milan in far northern Monroe County. The first tornado originated in Indiana. Overall, over 550 houses and 1000 buildings were destroyed or damaged by the tornadoes. In Lenawee County, the tornadoes had a mean width of a mile, and damage was over $5 million.
On August 22, 1964, the 2:35 PM tornado was an EF3, and occurred around the community of Springville. Two persons were injured from this tornado. Since 1950, all other tornadoes have either been EF2, EF1, or EF0.
The pair of tornadoes that occurred in Lenawee County on April 3, 1974 were part of the Super Outbreak that caused over 300 deaths, nearly 5500 injuries, and $600 million in damage over 13 states and Ontario. 3 injuries were reported in Lenawee County from the tornadoes, which occurred in the Hudson area and were categorized as EF2.
Early in the morning on May 2, 1983, 3 tornadoes occurred within minutes of one another. The first occurred around Onsted, the second near Tipton, and the third just south of Tecumseh. All of the tornadoes were categorized as EF2. Combined, there were 2 barns destroyed, with damage to another barn, 8 houses, and 4 vehicles.
An EF0 tornado that occurred around Deerfield on May 15, 1988 injured a man when a tree fell on his car.
Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale:
EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph)
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)
Statistics last updated: December 18th, 2012