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STRONGEST TORNADOES: Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale: EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph) Statistics last updated: December 18th, 2012
The strongest tornado in Saginaw County since 1950 occurred on June 21, 1996. This tornado affected the city of Frankenmuth, and it was categorized as an EF3 (out of 5) on the Fujita scale. The tornado completely destroyed 4 houses and damaged around 130 other homes and businesses. Total damage was over $5 million. At its widest, the tornado damage was 1000 feet wide, and the damage path was around one mile long. Only one person was reported injured from the tornado.
All other tornadoes in Saginaw County have been categorized as either EF2, EF1, or EF0. One EF2 tornado that occurred on June 15, 1982 injured 3 and produced over $500,000 in damage as it travelled from 6 miles south-southeast of Merrill to Saginaw. The following is an excerpt from Storm Data:
Touched down several times in open country, damaging houses and outbuildings. Then moved into southwest side of city. 2 1/2 mile continuous damage path through urban area. Two persons cut by flying glass, one knocked unconscious in collapse of building. Major damage to about 100 buildings. Severe damage was mostly to roofs and upper stories. Several witnesses stated that the funnel never quite touched the ground.
The other EF2 tornadoes occurred on 6/5/53, 5/12/56, and 4/28/86. Four EF1 tornadoes on July 2, 1997 were part of an outbreak of 13 tornadoes in southeast Lower Michigan, the largest number for a single day since records have been kept. Combined, the tornadoes accounted for just over $1 million in damage. The first two tornadoes were near Chesaning, with one near Layton Corners and the final tornado occurring just northeast of Burt.
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 18th, 2012