Macomb County Tornado Statistics

County Date Time (EST) Type EF-Scale Deaths Injuries $$ $$ (crops)
MACOMB  05/08/64 4:59 PM Tornado  4 11 224 250000 0
MACOMB  06/15/74 5:07 PM Tornado  2 0 0 25000 0
MACOMB  07/14/74 4:00 PM Tornado  1 0 0 0 0
MACOMB  07/14/74 4:20 PM Tornado  1 0 0 3000 0
MACOMB  06/02/75 1:05 PM Tornado  0 0 0 25000 0
MACOMB  06/04/75 6:30 PM Tornado  0 0 0 3000 0
MACOMB  03/20/76 7:40 PM Tornado  3 1 3 250000 0
MACOMB  07/07/76 3:35 PM Tornado  1 0 1 25000 0
MACOMB  10/05/78 2:45 PM Tornado  -99 0 0 25000 0
MACOMB  05/19/82 4:30 PM Tornado  0 0 0 0 0
MACOMB  05/02/83 11:05 AM Tornado  3 0 3 25000000 0
MACOMB  05/19/83 7:27 PM Tornado  2 0 0 25000 0
MACOMB  04/04/85 7:55 PM Tornado  1 0 6 250000 0
MACOMB  08/02/86 1:25 PM Tornado  1 0 0 0 0
MACOMB  06/30/90 5:30 PM Tornado  1 0 0 25000 0
MACOMB  06/20/93 11:30 AM Tornado  0 0 0 -99 0
MACOMB  07/02/97 5:13 PM Tornado  0 0 6 30000000 0
MACOMB  07/28/02 2:02 PM Tornado  0 0 0 5000 0
MACOMB  8/19/2010 6:29 PM Tornado  1 0 0 500000 0
MACOMB  8/19/2010 6:40 PM Tornado  0 0 0 300000 0

STRONGEST TORNADOES:

The strongest tornado in Macomb County since 1950 occurred on May 8, 1964. This tornado was categorized as an EF4 (out of 5) on the Fujita scale, and it moved from 3 miles north of Mt. Clemens, across far southern St. Clair county just north of Algonac, then into Ontario. 11 persons were killed and 224 injured in Macomb County, with 132 houses destroyed and 240 houses and other buildings damaged in the tornado's path. The tornado had a mean width of around 1/2-mile.

Two EF3 tornadoes have occurred in Macomb County, one on March 20, 1976, and the other on May 2, 1983. The tornado on 3/20/76 resulted in one death and 3 injuries, with the tornado moving from just east of Macomb to 5 miles northwest of Richmond. 6 homes, 14 outbuildings, an aircraft hangar, and 2 utility towers were either damaged or destroyed from the tornado. On 5/2/83, a tornado moved from East Detroit, across Harsens Island in St. Clair County, and into Ontario. Though there were no injuries reported in Macomb County from this tornado, damage was over $5 million. The following is an excerpt from Storm Data regarding this tornado:

Touched down at David Street and Ash Street in East Detroit, destroyed garage, moved east northeastward knocking down trees and damaging roofs to Interstate 94 and 9 Mile Road, unroofed motel, turned more northeastward across St. Clair Shores doing minor damage, came down hard on Lakeland just west of Jefferson Ave., continued to Lakeshore at Bayview destroying 3 houses and several boats, damaging about 20 other houses...

All other tornadoes in Macomb County have either been EF2, EF1, or EF0. An EF0 tornado 4 miles southeast of Romeo on 7/2/97, combined with straight-line winds, injured 6 and caused $30 million in damage. 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.

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 27th, 2013


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